Marine Corps Shifting Focus From High Turnover Force To Retaining Experienced Marines

Marine Corps Shifting Focus From High Turnover Force To Retaining Experienced Marines

U.S. Marine Corps Pfc. Aaron J. Seeley, a native of Corner, Alabama, graduates Marine Corps recruit training as the honor graduate for Platoon 2082, Fox Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina, Oct. 15, 2021. US Marine Corps Photo

The Marine Corps will undertake a multi-year shift from its signature high turnover and young force approach to new ways to recruit more seasoned talent and retain Marines. Read More

Navy Deployed USS Hershel ‘Woody’ Williams Near Major African Drug Trafficking Routes

Navy Deployed USS Hershel ‘Woody’ Williams Near Major African Drug Trafficking Routes

A pilot boat pulls alongside the Expeditionary Sea Base USS Hershel ‘Woody’ Williams (ESB-4) to help the ship navigate the port in Victoria, Seychelles on Oct. 29, 2021. US Navy Photo

The Navy is taking its sole ship assigned to U.S. Africa Command to places the service hasn’t been in almost a decade – including a key chokepoint that’s become a major opioid drug trafficking route.
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Commercial Radar Satellites Reveal Russian Stealth Fighters

Commercial Radar Satellites Reveal Russian Stealth Fighters

Both the low-observable Sukhoi Su-57 Felon and older Su-34 Fullback. Capella Space Image

Back in 1955, the Soviet Union flew its bombers in a loop over an air show to give the illusion of having more aircraft than were actually in its arsenal, a move that caused alarm in the West. The resulting ‘bomber gap’ was finally disproven when U2 aircraft were able to systematically photograph Russian airbases. This allowed them to literally count the aircraft. Doing this took incredible resources and several years. Read More

Fleet Forces CO Grady Nominated to be Vice Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff

Fleet Forces CO Grady Nominated to be Vice Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff

Adm. Christopher W. Grady, commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, speaks to assembled leaders on Oct. 26, 2021. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated with the official nomination announcement from the Pentagon.

The White House has nominated the current commander of U.S. Fleet Forces Command to serve in the number two position on the Joint Chiefs of Staff, USNI News has learned. Read More

Investigation Concludes USS Connecticut Grounded on Uncharted Seamount in South China Sea

Investigation Concludes USS Connecticut Grounded on Uncharted Seamount in South China Sea

USS Connecticut (SSN-22) arrives at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan for a scheduled port visit on July 31, 2021. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated with a statement from U.S. 7th Fleet.

Investigators have determined USS Connecticut (SSN-22) hit an uncharted seamount that grounded the nuclear attack submarine on the underwater feature in the South China Sea Navy, USNI News has learned. Read More

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Nov. 1, 2021

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Nov. 1, 2021

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CORRECTION: Due to an editing error, the position of the Carl Vinson Carrier was incorrect in an earlier version of this post. A separate editing error misidentified USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) as USS Geroge Washington (CVN-73). This post has updated the map and headings.

These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of Nov. 1, 2021, based on Navy and public data. In cases where a CSG or ARG is conducting disaggregated operations, the chart reflects the location of the capital ship. Read More