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, Marine Corps Operations, Marine Corps and Coast Guard Acquisition, International Operations and New Administration.
In 2017, the Navy and Marine Corps were active in nearly every corner of the globe. Some forces conducted land-attack and air warfare not seen by U.S. forces in years, while others provided desperately needed humanitarian aid.
Side boys salute Capt. John Steinberger, the off-going commander of Destroyer Squadron One, following the unit’s change of command ceremony on Naval Base San Diego in California Oct. 12, 2012. US Navy Photo
NAVAL STATION NORFOLK, Va. — The former commander of a West Coast destroyer squadron was arraigned on charges related to the sprawling ‘Fat Leonard’ investigation in a military courtroom on Tuesday. Read More
Capt. Thom W. Burke, left, and Capt. Kenneth J. Norton cut into a cake modeled after the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) during a reception following their change of command ceremony in the ship’s hangar bay. US Navy photo.
THE PENTAGON - Now-retired Rear Adm. Kenneth Norton received a letter of censure from Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer Wednesday following a review of his interactions with Glenn Defense Marine Asia – the so-called “Fat Leonard” investigation.
Vice Adm. Ted Branch, deputy chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare. US Navy Photo
The Department of Justice will not prosecute Vice Adm. Ted Branch as part of the sprawling “Fat Leonard” corruption case and has subsequently cleared the name of the former chief of naval intelligence after three years of public suspicion, USNI News has learned. Read More
Then Cmdr. Jesus Cantu, the Officer-in-Charge aboard the Military Sealift Command (MSC) fast combat support ship USNS Rainier (T-AOE-7) in 2005. US Navy Photo
A former deputy commander of Military Sealift Command-Far East on Friday pleaded guilty to a charge that he accepted prostitutes, meals and other gifts worth at least $15,000 in exchange for divulging sensitive U.S. fleet information to a Singapore-based contractor, U.S. officials announced. Read More
Cmdr. David Morales, assigned to Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Korea, view the salvage of the Republic of Korea (ROK) Ship Cheonan (PCC-772) in 2015. US Navy Photo
This post has been updated with additional information from Monday’s Article 32 Hearing.
NAVAL STATION NORFOLK, VA. – The first officer to be charged for crimes related to the wide-ranging Glenn Defense Marine Asia case by the military faced an Article 32 hearing on Monday. Read More
The scandal embroiling Leonard “Fat Leonard” Francis’s company, Glenn Marine Defense Asia and several high-ranking U.S. Navy officers outlined in the charges in the indictment that was unsealed on March 14, 2017 that unfolded over eight years. Here is a timeline of what the government alleges. Read More
Retired Rear Adm. Bruce Loveless. US Navy Photo
A federal court has indicted nine more officers – including a retired admiral — in the ongoing bribery and corruption probe into the operations of the Glenn Defense Marine Asia husbanding operation – the so-called “Fat Leonard” case. Read More
The following is the U.S. District Court Southern District of California indictment — unsealed March 14, 2017 — of a mix of eight current and former Navy officers and one former Marine officer for bribery and corruption charges as part of the ongoing investigation into the Glenn Marine Defense Asia ‘Fat Leonard’ scandal. Read More
Rear Adm. Robert Gilbeau. US Navy Photo
This post has been updated with additional statements from Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson and Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus.
A senior Navy supply officer intends to plead guilty to one federal count of making a false statement as part of the ongoing and sweeping bribery and corruption investigation into the Glenn Defense Marine Asia group, the officer told USNI News in a phone interview on Thursday. Read More