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, Marine Corps Operations, Marine Corps and Coast Guard Acquisition, International Operations and New Administration.
In 2017, the Navy and Marine Corps were active in nearly every corner of the globe. Some forces conducted land-attack and air warfare not seen by U.S. forces in years, while others provided desperately needed humanitarian aid.
The U.S. Navy’s Cable operated Unmanned Recovery Vehicle (CURV), in this 2015 photo, is a 6,400-pound Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) that is designed to meet the U.S. Navy’s deep ocean salvage requirements down to a maximum depth of 20,000 feet of seawater. US Navy Photo
The U.S. Navy is providing deep-dive search and recovery assistance to the Argentine Armada as the international effort continues scanning the depths for remains of its missing submarine.
ARA San Juan (S-42)
The Argentine Armada announced Thursday afternoon there is no hope of rescuing the 44 sailors on its missing submarine, and the navy is now moving to a secondary phase to recover ARA San Juan and its presumed-deceased crew.
A P-8A Poseidon aircraft assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 16, arrives in Keflavik, Iceland, for anti-submarine warfare training. US Navy Photo
THE PENTAGON — Cold War allies U.K., Norway and U.S. agreed on Thursday to more closely tie operations of the trio’s sub-hunting aircraft together and set the stage for joint efforts to hunt Russian submarines in the North Atlantic. Read More
P-8A Poseidon. US Navy Photo
Boeing has been awarded a $68.4 million contract modification for long lead items for the first two P-8A Poseidons for the U.K. Royal Air Force, according to a Thursday Pentagon contract announcement. Read More
Secretary of Defense Ash Carter speaks at a press conference on May 1, 2015. US Navy Photo
This post has been updated with additional information from Ash Carter’s presentation.
WASHINGTON – Defense Secretary Ash Carter will release a defense budget next week that increases spending on the current fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria but primarily postures the force to succeed against a future high-end threat. Read More
P-8A Poseidon. US Navy Photo
Boeing has won a $2.46 billion deal to build 20 more P-8A Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft — 16 for the U.S. Navy and four for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), according to a Thursday contract announcement from the Pentagon. Read More
Ash Carter and Ray Mabus on the flight deck of USS Freedom (LCS-1) in 2012. DoD Photo
Secretary of Defense Ash Carter’s list of directives Monday to the Navy to retool its budget for Fiscal Year 2017 revealed a split in priorities between the Secretary of the Navy and the Pentagon on the future of the force. Read More
The Indian Navy guided-missile destroyer INS Ranvir (DDG-54), left, the Arleigh-Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62), and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer JDS Kurama (DDH-144) are underway during Exercise Malabar 2009, an annual exercise led by the Indian Navy. US Navy photo.
The U.S., Indian and Japanese navies are in the middle of the Malabar 2015 exercise, this year in Chennai, India, on the Bay of Bengal. Read More
A Boeing RC-135 Rivet Joint. US Air Force Photo
This post has been updated to include additional information from the Department of Defense.
Two Chinese military aircraft intercepted an U.S. Air Force surveillance plane in a Sept. 15 incident in a potentially “unsafe” manner, a Pentagon official told USNI News. Read More