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Underway on USS America

Underway on USS America

The amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) conducts flight operations while underway to Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2016. US Navy photo.

The amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) conducts flight operations while underway to Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2016. US Navy photo.

ABOARD USS AMERICA — The new amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA-6) has raised more than a few questions in its short life, with sailors and Marines alike wondering what it will mean to have an amphibious ship without a well deck and therefore without the ability to deploy landing craft to move heavy tanks and equipment ashore.

America’s recent participation in the Rim of the Pacific 2016 international exercise may have allayed some concerns – the resounding feedback from those involved in the ship’s operations is that, if the Marines are willing to tweak the composition of the deploying Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), America can move them faster, more agilely and more safely. Read More

Marines Testing MV-22 Osprey Portable Battlefield Surgical Unit

Marines Testing MV-22 Osprey Portable Battlefield Surgical Unit

Marines with 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, transport a simulated casualty onto an MV-22 Osprey. US Marine Corps Photo

Marines with 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, transport a simulated casualty onto an MV-22 Osprey. US Marine Corps Photo

CAMP PENDLETON, CALIF. – Mindful of the “golden hour” of emergency care, Marine Corps and Navy medical officers know well the clock ticks louder when the battlefield is more dispersed with small units needing casualty care far from the sea base. Read More

Navy, Marines Catching Up to Maintenance Needs of MV-22s and H-1 Helos

Navy, Marines Catching Up to Maintenance Needs of MV-22s and H-1 Helos

UH-1Y Venom. Bell Photo

UH-1Y Venom. Bell Photo

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — The senior officer responsible for 40 percent of the aircraft in the Navy and Marine Corps inventory said because “there was a real-world need” for MV-22 Osprey and newer AH-1Z Viper and UH-1Y Venom helicopters, the Department of the Navy is just now catching up on maintenance of the fleet. Read More

3rd MAW Preparing To Deploy F-35B While Struggling To Keep Older Planes Ready: An Operational Perspective

3rd MAW Preparing To Deploy F-35B While Struggling To Keep Older Planes Ready: An Operational Perspective

An F-35B Joint Strike Fighter from Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 takes off from Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., launching the squadron's first orientation flight, Feb. 21, 2013. US Marine Corps photo.

An F-35B Joint Strike Fighter from Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 takes off from Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., launching the squadron’s first orientation flight, Feb. 21, 2013. US Marine Corps photo.

This article is part of a two-story package on the current state of Marine Corps aviation. Please read USMC Emphasizing Spare Parts, Maintainer Training To Regain Aviation Readiness: A Headquarters Perspective for the headquarters perspective.

The flight line at Yuma Marine Corps Air Station, Ariz., got busier on Monday when two operational F-35B Joint Strike Fighter jets arrived at their new West Coast home. The single-seat jets are the first to join Marine Attack Squadron 211, which has flown the AV-8B Harrier II jump jet as part of 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW). Read More

USMC Emphasizing Spare Parts, Maintainer Training To Regain Aviation Readiness: A Headquarters Perspective

USMC Emphasizing Spare Parts, Maintainer Training To Regain Aviation Readiness: A Headquarters Perspective

A Marine guides a CH-53 Super Stallion during a helicopter support team exercise at Landing Zone Albatross aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., Sept. 2, 2015. US Marine Corps photo.

A Marine guides a CH-53 Super Stallion during a helicopter support team exercise at Landing Zone Albatross aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., Sept. 2, 2015. US Marine Corps photo.

This article is part of a two-story package on the current state of Marine Corps aviation. Please read 3rd MAW Preparing To Deploy F-35B While Struggling To Keep Older Planes Ready: An Operational Perspective for the operational perspective.

The Marine Corps is getting back to the basics to solve its aviation readiness problems, with a focus on contracting for spare parts and enhanced training for aircraft maintainers at the heart of several type/model/series’ readiness recovery plans, the deputy commandant for aviation told USNI News this week. Read More

Marines To Add 'Harvest Hawk' Weapons Kit to Entire C-130J, V-22 Fleets

Marines To Add ‘Harvest Hawk’ Weapons Kit to Entire C-130J, V-22 Fleets

Two Spanish Navy Harriers fly behind a U.S. Marine KC-130J from Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa during an aerial-refueling exercise off the coast of Spain May 15, 2015. US Marine Corps photo.

Two Spanish Navy Harriers fly behind a U.S. Marine KC-130J from Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa during an aerial-refueling exercise off the coast of Spain May 15, 2015. US Marine Corps photo.

This post has been updated to correct the name of the sensor ball included in the Harvest Hawk kit. The Marines will use the MX-20 sensor package.

THE PENTAGON – The Marine Corps intends to add improved sensors and precision-strike capability to its entire KC-130J Super Hercules tanker/transport plane and MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor fleets, applying the “Harvest Hawk” concept to make both aircraft more multi-mission, the deputy commandant of the Marine Corps for aviation told USNI News this week. Read More

Local Okinawa Government Files Lawsuit Against Tokyo Over MCAS Futenma Relocation

Local Okinawa Government Files Lawsuit Against Tokyo Over MCAS Futenma Relocation

Sailors direct an MV-22 Osprey assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 265 as it lands on the flight deck of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) during exercise Blue Chromite off Okinawa in November 2014. US Navy photo.

Sailors direct an MV-22 Osprey assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 265 as it lands on the flight deck of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) during exercise Blue Chromite off Okinawa in November 2014. US Navy photo.

The government of Okinawa sued Japan’s central government Dec. 25 in yet another escalation of the argument over relocating a U.S. Marine Corps air station. Read More

N95: F-35B Integration, Larger Fleet Size Create Opportunities To Rethink How Fleet Operates

N95: F-35B Integration, Larger Fleet Size Create Opportunities To Rethink How Fleet Operates

America (LHA-6) returns to Ingalls Shipyard Jan. 31, 2014 from acceptance trials. US Navy Photo

America (LHA-6) returns to Ingalls Shipyard Jan. 31, 2014 from acceptance trials. US Navy Photo

THE PENTAGON – The Navy and Marine Corps amphibious fleet is on the cusp of two major changes – the introduction of the Lockheed Martin F-35B Lighting II Joint Strike Fighter and the growth of the fleet from 30 to 33 ships – that will change the way the fleet trains and fights, the director of expeditionary warfare told USNI News. Read More

Marine MV-22B Osprey Suffers Landing Mishap on USS New Orleans; No Injuries Reported

Marine MV-22B Osprey Suffers Landing Mishap on USS New Orleans; No Injuries Reported

An MV-22 Osprey from Medium Tilt Rotor Squadron (VMM-166) amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18) off the coast of Southern California on Nov. 3, 2015. US Navy Photo

An MV-22 Osprey from Medium Tilt Rotor Squadron (VMM-166) amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18) off the coast of Southern California on Nov. 3, 2015. US Navy Photo

No one was injured when an MV-22B tiltrotor aircraft with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit experienced a “landing mishap” on the deck of transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD-18) on Wednesday afternoon, a spokesman said Wednesday night. Read More