Tag Archives: Gen. Robert Neller

Memo: Marines Forced to Cut Readiness to Pay For Hurricane Damage, Unplanned Expenses

Memo: Marines Forced to Cut Readiness to Pay For Hurricane Damage, Unplanned Expenses

Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Robert B. Neller speaks with a Marine during an exercise in Bridgeport, Calif., Feb. 11, 2019. Gen. Neller observed mountain warfare cold weather training and discussed ways to optimize training. US Marine Corps photo.

This post has been updated to include a statement from Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer.

The Marine Corps is facing “fiscal challenges without precedent” this year due to unexpected expenses forced on the small service by the Pentagon, the White House and Congress, and the commandant is looking to the secretary of the Navy for help. Read More

LPD Flight II Amphib Delayed in Favor of 3rd Attack Sub in FY 2020

LPD Flight II Amphib Delayed in Favor of 3rd Attack Sub in FY 2020

The amphibious dock landing ship USS John P. Murtha (LPD 26) and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Momsen (DDG 92) transit in the eastern Pacific Ocean. Murtha and Momsen are underway conducting routine operations as a part of the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group in the eastern Pacific Ocean. US Navy photo.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Navy’s third Virginia-class attack submarine in the Fiscal Year 2020 budget request comes at the expense of beginning the LPD Flight II amphibious warship program on time, top leadership said. Read More

Marines Want to Field a Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile 'As Fast As Possible'

Marines Want to Field a Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile ‘As Fast As Possible’

U.S. Marines with Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 14th Marines, 4th Marine Regiment, fire a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) during Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course (WTI) 1-18 in Yuma, Ariz. on Oct. 17, 2017. US Marine Corps Photo

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – The Marine Corps wants to select and field a long-range anti-ship missile “as fast as possible” to support the Navy in a fight for sea control, the commandant told USNI News. Read More

Neller: Marines Need $3.5 Billion for Camp Lejeune Repairs, Despite MILCON Cuts for Border Spending

Neller: Marines Need $3.5 Billion for Camp Lejeune Repairs, Despite MILCON Cuts for Border Spending

Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Robert B. Neller speaks with a Marine during a visit to Camp Pendleton, Calif., Feb. 13, 2019. US Marine Corps Photo

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – The commandant of the Marine Corps hopes the Pentagon and Congress can find money for hurricane damage repairs at Camp Lejeune, N.C., despite military construction funding being diverted for the Trump Administration’s border security plan.

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Marine Corps Warfighting Lab Experiments Heading Toward Massive Sea Control Event

Marine Corps Warfighting Lab Experiments Heading Toward Massive Sea Control Event

Marines with Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 4th Regiment, 1st Marine Division, look at an Android phone with enhanced Beartooth radio capabilities, which allow them to talk, text, and see teammates on a map without requiring cellular service or Wi-Fi, during Urban Advanced Naval Technologies Exercise 2018 (ANTX18), March 21, 2018. Urban ANTX18 is an innovative approach to concept of operations and capability development that integrates engineers, technologists and operators into a dynamic development team. US Marine Corps photo.

STAFFORD, Va. – The Marine Corps’ ongoing Sea Dragon experimentation campaign is working on one of the most pressing issues the naval force faces: how to incorporate the Marine Corps into the Navy’s battle for sea control. Read More

Marine Corps Shedding Old Equipment to Pay for New Technology

Marine Corps Shedding Old Equipment to Pay for New Technology

A U.S. Marine with Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 533 performs maintenance on a F/A-18 Hornet aircraft, Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay, Marine Corps Base Hawaii (MCBH) on June 22, 2018. US Marine Corps Photo

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — To make modernizing its equipment affordable, the Marine Corps is weeding out old technology that’s either too expensive to run or hasn’t kept pace with advances made by near-peer adversaries, service officials said on Wednesday.

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Navy Working Through Plan to Hit 80 Percent Hornet Mission Capable Target

Navy Working Through Plan to Hit 80 Percent Hornet Mission Capable Target

A U.S. Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet, with Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 151, is parked on the flight deck aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) US Navy Photo

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The Navy is working through how it will try and hit the ambitious readiness target set by Secretary of Defense James Mattis for Hornet and Super Hornet fighters, Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, and Acquisition James “Hondo” Geurts said on Tuesday. Read More

Essex Amphibious Ready Group Quietly Deployed on Tuesday with Marine F-35s

Essex Amphibious Ready Group Quietly Deployed on Tuesday with Marine F-35s

USS Essex departing Naval Station San Diego, Calif. on July 10, 2018. Photo via Facebook

This post has been updated to include a statement from U.S. Pacific Fleet.

THE PENTAGON — The three-ship Essex Amphibious Ready Group and the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit left San Diego, Calif., on Tuesday with little fanfare for an expected Western Pacific and Middle East deployment, a defense official confirmed to USNI News on Thursday. Read More

Navy, Marine Leadership Looking at LPD Flight II Missiles, Additional Virginia-class Buys

Navy, Marine Leadership Looking at LPD Flight II Missiles, Additional Virginia-class Buys

The amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21) departs Naval Station Mayport on Feb. 7, 2018, for a scheduled six-month deployment. US Navy photo.

CAPITOL HILL – Navy and Marine Corps leaders are mulling if and how to up-gun the San Antonio-class LPD Flight II ships; whether to buy more attack submarines and how to extend the lives of a handful of Los Angeles-class; and other ideas to increase the size and the lethality of the fleet in the near- to mid-term. Read More