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Commandant Neller Sees F-35B as Key to Marine Corps' Future at Sea

Commandant Neller Sees F-35B as Key to Marine Corps’ Future at Sea

Chief Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) John Jacob directs an F-35B Lightning II with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121 on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD-1) on March 5, 2018. US Navy Photo

ARLINGTON, Va. – The head of the Marine Corps said introducing the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter to American’s amphibious forces is key to the service’s future fights from the sea. Read More

VIDEO: Marine F-35Bs Arrive on USS Wasp for First Pacific JSF Deployment

VIDEO: Marine F-35Bs Arrive on USS Wasp for First Pacific JSF Deployment

Marines assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 (VMFA-121) look on as an F-35B Lightning II with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121 prepares to touch down on the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD-1). US Navy Photo

The Marines have sent their first operational squadron of F-35B Lighting II Joint Strike Fighters to sea for the aircraft’s first deployment on Monday, the service announced. Read More

31st MEU Flight Operations Resume After 48-Hour Pause Following Aug. 5 Fatal Crash

31st MEU Flight Operations Resume After 48-Hour Pause Following Aug. 5 Fatal Crash

The Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. Robert Neller, addresses Marines and Sailors of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) and Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group (BHR ESG) during an all-hands call on the flight deck of Bonhomme Richard. Neller visited Bonhomme Richard after an MV-22B Osprey, assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 265 (Reinforced), experienced a mishap on Aug. 5. US Navy photo.

The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit launched a full investigation into Saturday’s fatal MV-22 crash off the coast of Australia and conducted a 48-hour operational pause to review safety and procedures, the Marine Corps announced. Read More

Interview: Lt. Gen. Bailey Says F-35, Closer Partnerships Will Enhance Operations in 2017

Interview: Lt. Gen. Bailey Says F-35, Closer Partnerships Will Enhance Operations in 2017

Lt. Gen. Ronald L. Bailey on Jan. 2, 2016. US Marine Corps Photo

Lt. Gen. Ronald L. Bailey on Jan. 2, 2016. US Marine Corps Photo

This post has been modified to reflect that only USNS Lewis B. Puller (T-ESB-3) will be modified to support MV-22 operations, not the Navy’s two Expeditionary Transfer Dock ships.

THE PENTAGON – Marine Corps operations are set for some big changes in 2017 with the deployment of the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter overseas, a move towards distributed operations as called for in the Marine Corps Operating Concept, and the potential addition of more ships to move Marines around high-threat areas, the deputy commandant for plans, policies and operations told USNI News. Read More

III MEF Commander Orders Operational Pause For Harriers In Okinawa After Crash

III MEF Commander Orders Operational Pause For Harriers In Okinawa After Crash

U.S. Navy flight deck aircraft controllers signal an AV-8B Harrier pilot during flight operations at sea aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6), while underway as part of the 31st MEU and BHR Expeditionary Strike Group, Aug. 27, 2016. US Marine Corps photo.

U.S. Navy flight deck aircraft controllers signal an AV-8B Harrier pilot during flight operations at sea aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6), while underway as part of the 31st MEU and BHR Expeditionary Strike Group, Aug. 27, 2016. US Marine Corps photo.

All Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier jets operating out of Okinawa, Japan, have been ordered to take an operational pause after a crash yesterday. Read More

USMC Harrier Crashes Near Okinawa; Pilot Safely Ejects, Rescued By Air Force

USMC Harrier Crashes Near Okinawa; Pilot Safely Ejects, Rescued By Air Force

An AV-8B Harrier with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, prepares to land aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6), at sea, Aug. 27, 2016. US Marine Corps photo.

An AV-8B Harrier with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, prepares to land aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6), at sea, Aug. 27, 2016. US Marine Corps photo.

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A Marine Corps AV-8 Harrier crashed about 100 nautical miles off the coast of Okinawa, Japan, today, and the pilot was rescued after safely ejecting from the plane. Read More

USS Ashland Returns To Saipan With Supplies To Restore Water, Power To Island

USS Ashland Returns To Saipan With Supplies To Restore Water, Power To Island

A civilian power generating truck is driven from a Guam beach onto the deck of Landing Craft Utility (LCU) 1666, attached to Naval Beach Unit (NBU) 7, for disaster relief efforts in Saipan after Typhoon Soudelor. US Navy photo via US Naval Base Guam Facebook page.

A civilian power generating truck is driven from a Guam beach onto the deck of Landing Craft Utility (LCU) 1666, attached to Naval Beach Unit (NBU) 7, for disaster relief efforts in Saipan after Typhoon Soudelor. US Navy photo via US Naval Base Guam Facebook page.

Marines and sailors from the amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD-48) returned to Saipan in the Northern Marianas with heavy equipment to restore power and water purifiers to provide as much as 40,000 gallons of drinking water after the island was devastated by a typhoon last week. Read More