Marines Test 'Lightning Carrier' Concept, Control 13 F-35Bs from Multiple Amphibs

Marines Test ‘Lightning Carrier’ Concept, Control 13 F-35Bs from Multiple Amphibs

Thirteen U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 122, Marine Aircraft Group 13, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW), and two Marine Medium Tilt-Rotor Squadron (VMM-166) are staged aboard amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) on Oct. 8, 2019. America is at sea conducting routine operations in the eastern Pacific. US Navy photo.

The Navy and Marine Corps recently tested out the “Lightning Carrier” concept of packing an amphibious assault ship with F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter jets, and they will likely continue to expand and exercise this capability. Read More

SECNAV Spencer Rebuts Congressional Criticism of Ford Carrier Program

SECNAV Spencer Rebuts Congressional Criticism of Ford Carrier Program

Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer delivers remarks aboard the U.S. Coast Guard cutter USCGC Eagle (WIX-327) during a ceremony in Cherbourg, France, on June 6, 2019. US Coast Guard

This post was updated to include a statement from Rep. Elaine Luria (D-Va.)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congress needs to consider its own culpability before criticizing the Navy for the slow pace of prepping USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) for deployment, Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer said on Wednesday. Read More

Navy, Marines Wargaming New Gear to Support Emerging Warfare Concepts

Navy, Marines Wargaming New Gear to Support Emerging Warfare Concepts

Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class Jahlil Scantling, from Virginia Beach, Va., assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD-4), stands watch on the bridge as the ship transits the South China Sea on Oct. 12, 2019. US Navy Photo

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The Navy and Marine Corps are busy figuring out what they do – and don’t – need to buy to support their emerging operational concepts for high-end warfare. Read More

U.S. Coast Guard Mulling More Operations in Oceania

U.S. Coast Guard Mulling More Operations in Oceania

USCGC Stratton (WMSL-752), left, and the U.S. Navy Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell (DDG-85) maneuver into formation during Talisman Sabre 2019 on July 11, 2019. US Navy Photo

KUALA LUMPUR — The U.S. Coast Guard is looking at longer deployments to the Western Pacific region following the successful execution of the Operation Aiga deployment to Samoa and American Samoa, commandant Adm. Karl Schultz told reporters on Monday. Read More

Sailors, Marines Adjusting to 'Brutal' Reality of High-End Warfare

Sailors, Marines Adjusting to ‘Brutal’ Reality of High-End Warfare

Marines embark on a landing craft, utility in the well deck aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD-5) on Sept. 15, 2019. US Navy Photo

ABOARD AMPHIBIOUS ASSAULT SHIP USS BATAAN – The ongoing graduation exercise for the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) will not only get the 4,500 sailors and Marines ready to deploy later this year but also has started a conversation at the deck plate level about how the services will fight together in the future. Read More