USS Carl Vinson Conducts V-22 Operations For Deck Crew, Pilot Familiarization

USS Carl Vinson Conducts V-22 Operations For Deck Crew, Pilot Familiarization

An MV-22B Osprey from Marine Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron 1 lifts off from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) on June 12, 2016. US Navy photo.

An MV-22B Osprey from Marine Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron 1 lifts off from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) on June 12, 2016. US Navy photo.

The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) got an early start preparing for the carrier onboard delivery (COD) transition from the C-2 Greyhound to the V-22 Osprey, with the ship’s crew bringing in the tiltrotor aircraft to participate in the command assessment of readiness and training (CARAT) II basic training event. Read More

UPDATED: MH-60S Helo Crashes In James River; 3 Crew Members Rescued And Uninjured

UPDATED: MH-60S Helo Crashes In James River; 3 Crew Members Rescued And Uninjured

The three crew members from the MH-60S that crashed in the James River walked from the Newport News Police Department (NNPD) boat to an ambulance. NNPD photo.

The three crew members from the MH-60S that crashed in the James River walked from the Newport News Police Department (NNPD) boat to an ambulance. NNPD photo.

This post has been updated to include additional images and information from local news sources.

A U.S. Navy MH-60S helicopter crashed in the James River today while on a routine training mission, the Navy announced. Read More

Video: Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group Enters Mediterranean, Will Continue Great Green Fleet Ops

Video: Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group Enters Mediterranean, Will Continue Great Green Fleet Ops

The aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) transits through the Strait of Gibraltar into the Mediterranean Sea on June 13, 2016. US Navy photo.

The aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) transits through the Strait of Gibraltar into the Mediterranean Sea on June 13, 2016. US Navy photo.

The Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group passed through the Strait of Gibraltar and into the Mediterranean Sea yesterday, officially putting two aircraft carriers in the Med for simultaneous operations for the first time since sequestration limited funding for deployments. Read More

Marine Corps Warfighting Lab To Test New Utility Tactical Vehicle During RIMPAC

Marine Corps Warfighting Lab To Test New Utility Tactical Vehicle During RIMPAC

Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Robert Neller discusses the MRZR Tactical Warfighter all-terrain vehicle at Stone Bay, Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 17, 2016. Neller toured Marine Special Operations Command facilities, observed their equipment, and met with Marine Raiders. US Marine Corps photo.

Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Robert Neller discusses the MRZR Tactical Warfighter all-terrain vehicle at Stone Bay, Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 17, 2016. Neller toured Marine Special Operations Command facilities, observed their equipment, and met with Marine Raiders. US Marine Corps photo.

The Marines conducting an extensive series of experiments during the upcoming Rim of the Pacific international maritime exercises will be the first in the Corps to test a new small tactical vehicle intended to provide better mobility for ground units engaged in distributed operations. Read More

Author: Islam's Mixing Of State And Religion Shapes Western Interaction With Middle East

Author: Islam’s Mixing Of State And Religion Shapes Western Interaction With Middle East

Brookings Institution senior fellow Shadi Hamid discusses his new book, "Islamic Exceptionalism: How the Struggle Over Islam is Reshaping the World," on June 9, 2016.

Brookings Institution senior fellow Shadi Hamid discusses his new book, “Islamic Exceptionalism: How the Struggle Over Islam is Reshaping the World,” on June 9, 2016. Screenshot from Brookings video.

Brookings Institution senior fellow Shadi Hamid argues in a recently released book that modern political and military actions involving Islam and Islamic countries are complicated by a general misunderstanding of the religion – and in particular the intertwined nature of state and religion. Read More

Zukunft: Arctic Coast Guard Forum Supports Positive Relationship With Russian Counterpart

Zukunft: Arctic Coast Guard Forum Supports Positive Relationship With Russian Counterpart

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft joins leaders representing all eight coast guard agencies of the Arctic nations to sign a Joint Statement officially establishing the Arctic Coast Guard Forum at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., Oct. 30, 2015. US Coast Guard photo.

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft joins leaders representing all eight coast guard agencies of the Arctic nations to sign a Joint Statement officially establishing the Arctic Coast Guard Forum at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., Oct. 30, 2015. US Coast Guard photo.

The United States Coast Guard and its Russian counterparts have maintained a productive, transparent dialogue regarding Arctic operations and concerns about growing human activity in the region, U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft said today. Read More

U.S. Marines Amass Forces, Prepositioned Gear For Saber Strike 16 With NATO Allies

U.S. Marines Amass Forces, Prepositioned Gear For Saber Strike 16 With NATO Allies

A fleet of military vehicles wait pier side in preparation of Exercise Saber Strike 16 in Riga, Latvia, June 4, 2016. The vehicles were transported by a British Roll-On, Roll-Off ship from Norway for the exercise. US Marine Corps photo.

A fleet of military vehicles wait pier side in preparation of Exercise Saber Strike 16 in Riga, Latvia, June 4, 2016. The vehicles were transported by a British Roll-On, Roll-Off ship from Norway for the exercise. US Marine Corps photo.

Ground forces from 13 nations are rehearsing in Latvia and Estonia amassing a large-scale force for a future crisis – from loading prepositioned equipment from caves in Norway onto a ship, to organizing the force in theater, to launching an assault. Read More

SASC Staffer Goel : U.S., Pakistan Relationship Goes Beyond Afghanistan

SASC Staffer Goel : U.S., Pakistan Relationship Goes Beyond Afghanistan

U.S. and Pakistan national anthems are played during the decommissioning ceremony of the guided-missile frigate USS McInerney (FFG-8) at Naval Station Mayport in 2010. US Navy Photo

U.S. and Pakistan national anthems are played during the decommissioning ceremony of the guided-missile frigate USS McInerney (FFG-8) at Naval Station Mayport in 2010. US Navy Photo

When considering the future U.S. relations with Pakistan it’s important not to deal with Islamabad exclusively “through the lens of Afghanistan,” a Senate Armed Services Committee staffer said Thursday. Read More