Tag Archives: CH-53K

Lawmaker Worries Marine Corps Investing Too Heavily In Aviation Over Ground Vehicles

Lawmaker Worries Marine Corps Investing Too Heavily In Aviation Over Ground Vehicles

U.S. Marine Corps pilots maneuver a CH-53K King Stallion as it delivers a 12,000 pound external load after completing a 110 nautical mile mission during the two-week initial operational test (OT-B1) conducted at Sikorsky. Sikorsky photo.

The Marine Corps’ top financial officer told lawmakers that the service considers its modernization programs properly balanced between aviation and ground needs, while acknowledging that there hasn’t been enough money in recent years to buy the ground assets at a proper pace. Read More

Navy Can Weather 6-Week Continuing Resolution, But Extension Would Delay Columbia Submarine Class, Other Programs

Navy Can Weather 6-Week Continuing Resolution, But Extension Would Delay Columbia Submarine Class, Other Programs

Capt. Ron Ravelo, Commanding Officer of Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), cheers along with his Sailors after the successful testing of Lincoln’s catapult on the flight deck on Jan. 28, 2016. Lincoln is currently undergoing a Refueling and Complex Overhaul (RCOH) at Newport News Shipbuilding. US Navy photo.

Capt. Ron Ravelo, Commanding Officer of Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), cheers along with his Sailors after the successful testing of Lincoln’s catapult on the flight deck on Jan. 28, 2016. Lincoln is currently undergoing a Refueling and Complex Overhaul (RCOH) at Newport News Shipbuilding. US Navy photo.

Lawmakers avoided a government shutdown by passing a continuing resolution Wednesday night to fund the government through Dec. 9. The Navy has planned for and can mitigate the effects of, as long as Congress passes a proper Fiscal Year 2017 budget by Dec. 9. Read More

Underway on USS America

Underway on USS America

The amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) conducts flight operations while underway to Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2016. US Navy photo.

The amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) conducts flight operations while underway to Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2016. US Navy photo.

ABOARD USS AMERICA — The new amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA-6) has raised more than a few questions in its short life, with sailors and Marines alike wondering what it will mean to have an amphibious ship without a well deck and therefore without the ability to deploy landing craft to move heavy tanks and equipment ashore.

America’s recent participation in the Rim of the Pacific 2016 international exercise may have allayed some concerns – the resounding feedback from those involved in the ship’s operations is that, if the Marines are willing to tweak the composition of the deploying Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), America can move them faster, more agilely and more safely. Read More

Marines' CH-53K Lifts 20,000-Pound External Load As Tests Progress Ahead Of Schedule

Marines’ CH-53K Lifts 20,000-Pound External Load As Tests Progress Ahead Of Schedule

The U.S. Marine Corps' newest helicopter, the CH-53K, completed its first external load flight test carrying a 20,000 lb. load May 26 at Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation's Development Flight Center in West Palm Beach, Fla. Sikorsky photo.

The U.S. Marine Corps’ newest helicopter, the CH-53K, completed its first external load flight test carrying a 20,000 lb. load May 26 at Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation’s Development Flight Center in West Palm Beach, Fla. Sikorsky photo.

The Marine Corps is advancing through its test plan for the Sikorsky CH-53K heavy lift helicopter faster than previously planned, with the service successfully carrying a 20,000-pound load externally for the first time on May 26. Read More

Marines' Upgraded AAVs Begin Delivering, Will Comprise One-Third of Lift Need In 2020s

Marines’ Upgraded AAVs Begin Delivering, Will Comprise One-Third of Lift Need In 2020s

Amphibious Assault Vehicle Survivability Upgrade team lead Maj. Paul Rivera briefs media and program officials on the features of the first delivered vehicle near Marine Corps Base Quantico on March 15, 2016. USNI News photo.

Amphibious Assault Vehicle Survivability Upgrade team lead Maj. Paul Rivera briefs media and program officials on the features of the first delivered vehicle near Marine Corps Base Quantico on March 15, 2016. USNI News photo.

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO — The Marine Corps plans to acquire half its needed amphibious lift – six of a required 12 infantry battalions – within the next five years, and it took a step in achieving that goal by recently accepting delivery of the first upgraded amphibious assault vehicle with a survivability upgrade (AAV SU). Read More

Marine Corps Identifies $2.1B in Unfunded Priorities, Mostly in Aviation

Marine Corps Identifies $2.1B in Unfunded Priorities, Mostly in Aviation

MV-22 Osprey assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 163 launches from USS Makin Island (LHD-8) on Aug. 24, 2014. US Navy Photo

MV-22 Osprey assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 163 launches from USS Makin Island (LHD-8) on Aug. 24, 2014. US Navy Photo

The Marine Corps would purchase 10 new aircraft, improve the digital interoperability of existing aircraft and boost connectivity through additional communications systems and unmanned aerial vehicles if Congress provided additional funding. Read More

Sikorsky Rolls Out New Marine Helo

Sikorsky Rolls Out New Marine Helo

The first CH-53K King Stallion US Marine Corps heavy lift helicopter. Sikorsky Photo

The first CH-53K King Stallion US Marine Corps heavy lift helicopter. Sikorsky Photo

Sikorsky Aircraft rolled out the U.S. Marine Corps’ first CH-53K King Stallion heavy lift helicopter during a ceremony in Florida on Monday. Read More

The Future of the Marine Corps

The Future of the Marine Corps

US Marines from Amphibious Assault Vehicle (AAV) Platoon, Battalion Landing Team 3/2, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), drive their AAVs on April 20, 2013. US Marine Corps Photo.

US Marines from Amphibious Assault Vehicle (AAV) Platoon, Battalion Landing Team 3/2, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), drive their AAVs on April 20, 2013. US Marine Corps Photo.

After ten years of fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, the U.S. Marine Corps is retooling and repositioning itself back into its traditional role as a medium-weight maritime force that can operate with agility from the sea. Instead of training almost exclusively to fight insurgents deep inland, the Marines will focus on roles ranging from conventional warfighting, to conducting humanitarian missions, and to training the armed forces of partner nations. In essence, it will be a case of back to the future for the Marine Corps as it shifts back into its traditional role as the nation’s 911 quick-reaction force, former officials and analysts told USNI News. Read More