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.
USS Nimitz (CVN-68) and the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG-72) patrol alongside each other, Oct. 20, 2017 in the Persian Gulf. US Navy Photo
Three U.S. carrier strike groups are now operating in U.S. 7th Fleet, after the strike group previously tasked with conducting air strikes against ISIS targets in Syria and Iraq has left the Persian Gulf en route to the Western Pacific, according to a statement from the Navy. Read More
The following is Oct. 13, 2017 Congressional Research Service report, Armed Conflict in Syria: Overview and U.S. Response. Read More
Undated Photo of US Air Force CV-22. US Air Force Photo
This post will be updated as new information becomes available.
A V-22 has gone down in Syria, injuring two service member sometime on Thursday, a defense official confirmed to USNI News on Friday. Read More
A Russian guided-missile frigate fired three cruise missiles on targets on ISIS positions Syrian city of Deir al-Zor, according to a Tuesday release from the Russian Ministry of Defense. Read More
The following is the July 19, 2017 Congressional Research Service report, Foreign Affairs Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) Funding: Background and Current Status. Read More
The following is June 20, 2017 Congressional Research Service report, Armed Conflict in Syria: Overview and U.S. Response. Read More
Two Russian Navy ships fired four cruise missiles into Syria from the Eastern Mediterranean on Tuesday, U.S. defense officials confirmed to USNI News. Read More
U.S. Marines with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit fire an M777 Howitzer during a fire mission in northern Syria as part of Operation Inherent Resolve on Mar. 24, 2017. US Marine Corps Photo
CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – The Marine Corps touts its ship-based Marine expeditionary unit deployments as its go-to, “911” force when needed. The Navy highlights its amphibious ready groups for the forward presence and “power projection” it gives overseas combatant commanders. Read More
A Russian Kilo submarine passes the parade stand during the Russia Navy Day celebration in Vladivostok. US Navy Photo
This post has been updated to clarify the deployment of Russian Navy Kilo-class attack submarineRostov-na-Donu.
The sinking of the Russian signals intelligence ship Liman after a collision with a Togo-flagged freighter bound for Jordan puts the spotlight back on a Russian Navy that is increasingly active in the maritime domain in and around Europe and a Black Sea region that continues to be tense in the wake of the 2014 Ukraine crisis when Russia annexed Crimea. Read More