The Marine Corps’ F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters are the only ship-based fixed-wing aircraft in the Middle East right now, and service leaders say the new jets are ready to handle any fight in Syria, Iraq or Afghanistan they may be tasked with. Read More
ARLINGTON, Va. — The Marine Corps’ Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) Crisis Response force in U.S. Central Command is becoming increasingly distributed across the Middle East as its role evolves, but it is gaining additional aircraft and a ship it can call upon to help support its vastly spread out operations. Read More
About 1,000 sailors and Marines from the United States and France trained together in the annual Alligator Dagger amphibious exercise, in the first time France has been brought into the unilateral exercise off the coast of Djibouti.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The Navy and Marine Corps are committed to using alternative platforms to move Marines around at sea, but there are still decisions yet to be made about how to maximize these ships’ effectiveness and minimize risk while operating independently or as part of a strike group. Read More
A U.S. fighter shot down an armed Syrian regime unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) near the Jordan border on Tuesday. Read More
Russia claims it will no longer be party to the airspace deconfliction agreement with the U.S.-led anti-ISIS coalition and will treat coalition air contacts as potential enemy air threats after a U.S. fighter downed a Syrian jet, according to a Monday statement released from the Kremlin. Read More
This post has been updated with a statement from Syrian forces.
A U.S. Navy Super Hornet has shot down a regime Syrian fighter near the contested ISIS stronghold of Raqqah, U.S. Central Command said in a Sunday evening statement. Read More
This post has been updated to include an additional statement from the Naval Special Warfare Center.
The SEAL who was killed in a parachuting accident on Sunday has been identified as Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Remington Peters, according to a late Monday statement from Peters’ family.
The Pentagon’s inspector general’s office is following up on 29 recommendations it made to ensure intelligence analysis in U.S. Central Command remains unbiased and not politicized, the acting IG told a key congressional subcommittee. Read More
The Navy announced it would posthumously promote the SEAL who died in a late January operation in Yemen, according to a Thursday statement from the service. Read More