Tag Archives: U.S. Pacific Command

Army Set to Sink Ship in 2018 as PACOM Operationalizes Multi-Domain Battle Concept

Army Set to Sink Ship in 2018 as PACOM Operationalizes Multi-Domain Battle Concept

U.S. Marines with the 5th Battalion, 11th Marines, and U.S. Air Force airmen with the 17th Special Operations Squadron, load a high mobility artillery rocket system onto a C-130 Hercules on the flightline at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Jan. 23, 2017. A HIMAR is a self-propelled artillery piece mounted on a 5-ton chassis with a rocket pod on the back that shoots rockets and missiles. The Marines will eventually deploy HIMARS on a ship to serve as an anti-ship weapon system. US Air Force photo.

U.S. Pacific Command has plans to put into practice a joint-service concept to integrate air, land and sea operations, with a mandate for all the services to incorporate the concept into their exercises in a lead-up to the Army sinking a ship at next year’s Rim of the Pacific exercise, the PACOM commander said last week. Read More

Japanese Officials: Washington and Tokyo Need More Ballistic Missile Defense Cooperation

Japanese Officials: Washington and Tokyo Need More Ballistic Missile Defense Cooperation

U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA), the Japan Ministry of Defense (MoD), and U.S. Navy Sailors aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) successfully conducted a flight test Feb. 3 (Hawaii Standard Time), resulting in the first intercept of a ballistic missile target using the Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA off the west coast of Hawaii. For more information visit https://www.mda.mil. (U.S. Navy photo by Leah Garton/Released)

To counter immediate and growing North Korea’s nuclear weapons and missile threats, three former Japanese ministers of defense said Tokyo needs to work with Washington to enhance ballistic missile defense capabilities to better defend itself and develop an effective counterstrike if attacked. Read More

PACOM Hearings Preview Spending Needs In Coming Years; Munitions, SSN Shortfalls Must Be Addressed

PACOM Hearings Preview Spending Needs In Coming Years; Munitions, SSN Shortfalls Must Be Addressed

Sailors aboard the Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Oklahoma City (SSN 723) stand topside as the submarine returns home to Guam on Dec. 8, 2016. Oklahoma City, one of four forward-deployed submarines homeported in Apra Harbor, returned to Guam this morning after an eight-month maintenance period known as Docking Selected Restricted Availability. US Navy Photo

U.S. Pacific Command operations were the focus of House and Senate armed services committee hearings this week, and PACOM commander Adm. Harry Harris’ testimony may have provided a glimpse at what he’d like to see in the Fiscal Year 2018 and beyond budget requests. Read More

PACOM: U.S. Should Renegotiate INF Missile Treaty to Better Compete with China

PACOM: U.S. Should Renegotiate INF Missile Treaty to Better Compete with China

Chinese DF-26 missiles on display during a military parade in Tiananmen Square. Photo via globalsecurity.org

The commander of U.S. Pacific Command said the United States may want to renegotiate the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty with Russia because the restrictions on conventional land-based weapons are hindering the U.S. military’s ability to keep up with China. Read More

PACOM: Carl Vinson CSG Can Defend Itself Against Anything North Korea Fires At It

PACOM: Carl Vinson CSG Can Defend Itself Against Anything North Korea Fires At It

USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) transits the Philippine Sea while conducting a bilateral exercise with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force. US Navy Photo

U.S. Pacific Command commander Adm. Harry Harris said the Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group can “absolutely” defend itself against anything North Korea could shoot at it, despite media reports to the contrary. Read More

Super Hornet from USS Carl Vinson Crashes Near the Philippines, Pilot Safe

Super Hornet from USS Carl Vinson Crashes Near the Philippines, Pilot Safe

An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the “Kestrels” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 137 takes off from the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) on April 10, 2017. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated with additional information from U.S. Pacific Fleet.

An F/A-18E Super Hornet on approach to land on aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) crashed on Friday near the Philippines, Navy officials told USNI News. Read More

Interview: Lt. Gen. Bailey Says F-35, Closer Partnerships Will Enhance Operations in 2017

Interview: Lt. Gen. Bailey Says F-35, Closer Partnerships Will Enhance Operations in 2017

Lt. Gen. Ronald L. Bailey on Jan. 2, 2016. US Marine Corps Photo

Lt. Gen. Ronald L. Bailey on Jan. 2, 2016. US Marine Corps Photo

This post has been modified to reflect that only USNS Lewis B. Puller (T-ESB-3) will be modified to support MV-22 operations, not the Navy’s two Expeditionary Transfer Dock ships.

THE PENTAGON – Marine Corps operations are set for some big changes in 2017 with the deployment of the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter overseas, a move towards distributed operations as called for in the Marine Corps Operating Concept, and the potential addition of more ships to move Marines around high-threat areas, the deputy commandant for plans, policies and operations told USNI News. Read More