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 following is the Marine Corps Littoral Operations in a Contested Environment concept that released last week by the service. Read More
U.S. Marines and Sailors with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) exit a U.S. Navy landing craft utility (LCU) during Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON)-MEU Unit Integration Training (PMINT) at Onslow Beach, N.C., July 16, 2017. US Marine Corps photo.
MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO — The Marine Corps is continuing to develop and practice its Marine Corps Operating Concept and the Littoral Operations in a Contested Environment (LOCE) offshoot, but Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Robert Neller told USNI News the most of the work needed to support transitioning to those new concepts is already underway. Read More
USS TRENTON, At Sea – USS Trenton Sailors assist two young American citizens departing Lebanon in 2006. US Navy Photo
When the Navy and Marine Corps began to plan and execute an evacuation of American citizens in Lebanon in the summer of 2006, it may have seemed like a generic non-combatant evacuation operation they train for before any Amphibious Ready Group and Marine Expeditionary Unit deploy.
But when Hezbollah launched a Noor anti-ship missile at an Israeli corvette operating nearby, that NEO took on new risks and got a lot of military planners thinking. Read More