USNI News polled its writers, naval analysts and service members on what they consider the most important military and maritime stories in 2017.
The following is part of a series. Please also see Top Stories 2017: Navy Acquisition, International Acquisition, Navy Operations, Marine Corps and Coast Guard Acquisition, International Operations and New Administration.
For the Marine Corps, 2017 represented a major step towards achieving the vision of future operations it laid out in last year’s Marine Corps Operating Concept. It deployed its F-35B Joint Strike Fighter around the globe, sent the first-in-class USS America (LHA-6) on its maiden deployment to the Pacific and the Middle East, and conducted a massive amount of experimentation to understand the technologies, skills and procedures the service would need to fight and win in the future.
The Marine Corps has recovered the remains of the three Marines who died in an MV-22 Osprey crash off the coast of Australia earlier this month, the service announced this morning, and is in the process of returning their remains to their families. Read More
US Marine Corps photo.
The Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group and 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit held a memorial service to remember three Marines who died in an Aug. 5 MV-22 Osprey crash. Read More
An MV-22B Osprey assigned to the ìDragonsî of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 265 (Reinforced) take off from the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) during Talisman Saber 17 on July 20, 2017. US Navy Photo
The search for three Marines missing after an MV-22 crash off of Australia has been suspended, according to a late Saturday statement from III Marine Expeditionary Force. Read More
An MV-22B Osprey assigned to the “Dragons” of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 265 (Reinforced) lands on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) on Aug. 3, 2017. US Navy Photo
This post has been updated with a new statement from III MEF.
A search is on for three U.S. Marines who are missing following an MV-22 mishap off the coast of Australia at about 2 a.m. EST, according to an early Saturday statement from III Marine Expeditionary Force. Read More
USS Bonhomme Richard forms up with navy ships from Australia and New Zealand on completion of Exercise Talisman Saber 17. Australian Defence Force photo.
U.S. amphibious forces in the Pacific practiced combining their ships and embarked Marines with multi-warfare surface combatants, rehearsing for so-called Upgunned Expeditionary Strike Group operations during Exercise Talisman Sabre 2017. Read More