THE PENTAGON — The Navy is extending initial tour lengths for forward deployed enlisted sailors in an attempt to cut down on the constant churn of personnel passing through ships based overseas.
With Aegis Ashore ballistic missile defense systems set to operate in Poland by the end of the year and currently active in Romania, all NATO members will be covered against Iran and North Korea’s ballistic missile threats, the Romanian ambassador to the U.S. said on Wednesday. Read More
The Navy wants to stretch tour lengths for much of its forward-deployed forces, a proposal that would provide more unit stability, cohesion, continuity and reduce the costs of moving personnel in sea-duty units. Read More
Submarine tender USS Frank Cable (AS-40) completed an eight-month dry-dock repair availability in Oregon and is headed back to Guam to continue fleet support operations there. Read More
U.S. naval forces will embark on a pair of naval exercises with regional Pacific and North Atlantic partners this week, practicing anti-submarine and air combat operations. Read More
The following is the Congressional Research Service June 14, 2017briefing, U.S. Military Presence on Okinawa and Realignment to Guam. Read More
The following is the April 2017 Government Accountability Office Report, Marine Corps Asia Pacific Realignment: DoD Should Resolve Capability Deficiencies and Infrastructure Risks and Revise Cost Estimates. Read More
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
HAMPTON, Va. – U.S. Pacific Fleet is looking to build up the skill level and workload of sailors assigned to the two submarine tenders in Guam, but the viability of any potential solutions with industry may hinge on decisions that have yet to be made, PACFLEET’s director of fleet maintenance said. Read More
The Navy and U.S. Missile Defense Agency declared a ballistic missile defense site in Romania operational this week. Read More