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.
U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Jake Fredrick, in Sept. 2016. DoD Image
The Marine who died in a Wednesday F/A-18C Hornet crash off of Japan has been identified by his family, according to a Thursday report in Stars and Stripes and confirmed by USNI News. Read More
A U.S. Marine Corps F/A-18 Hornet operating near Chocolate Mountain Aerial Gunnery Range, Calif., March 29, 2016. US Marine Corps Photo
This post was updated with an additional information from U.S. Marine Corps commandant Gen. Robert Neller and III MEF.
Searchers looking for the Marine pilot of an F/A-18 Hornet that crashed on Wednesday off Japan have expanded their search area, III Marine Expeditionary Force said in a statement Wednesday evening. Read More
Two Marine Corps F/A-18C Hornets assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 323 (VMFA-323) fly a mission during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2010. Two planes from the same squadron made an emergency landing in Taiwan on Wednesday. US Navy Photo
China issued the U.S. a warning not to interfere with its relationship with Taiwan following the Wednesday emergency landing of two Marine strike fighters in Taiwan. Read More