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 Benfold (DDG-65), left, and the Henry J. Kaiser-class fleet replenishment oiler USNS Pecos (T-AO-197) participate in a photo exercise during Pacific Griffin 2017 off the coast of Guam. US Navy Photo
The guided-missile destroyer that collided with a tugboat off the coast of Japan is back at its homeport on Monday, a U.S. 7th Fleet spokesperson told USNI News. Read More
USS Benfold (DDG-65) and Republic of Singapore Navy’s (RSN) RSS Endurance (LST 207), participate in a PHOTOEX during Exercise Pacific Griffin 2017. US Navy Photo
The guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG-65) was hit by a Japanese tug during a towing exercise on Saturday, according to a statement from U.S. 7th Fleet. Read More
USS Benfold arrives in Qingdao, China on Aug. 8, 2016. US Navy Photo
A U.S. guided-missile destroyer pulled into port in Qingdao on Monday for the first Navy port call to China since an international tribunal ruled that many of Beijing’s claims to the South China Sea were invalid. Read More
USS Milius (DDG-69) returns to homeport Naval Base San Diego after an eight-month independent deployment to the western Pacific and U.S. Central Command areas of responsibility in 2012. US Navy Photo
The guided missile destroyer USS Milius (DDG-69) returned to Naval Station San Diego, Calif. on Thursday after a eight month deployment to the Middle East and the Western Pacific, the service announced. Read More