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Bataan ARG, 26 MEU Now Operating in the Middle East

Bataan ARG, 26 MEU Now Operating in the Middle East

USS Bataan (LHD-5) sails in the Atlantic Ocean during Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) on Nov. 1, 2019. US Marine Corps Photo

Amphib USS Bataan (LHD-5) is operating in the Red Sea as tensions between the U.S. and Iran continue to simmer, USNI News has learned. Read More

Carrier Lincoln Days Away From Longest Deployment Since Vietnam War; In Hawaii Now

Carrier Lincoln Days Away From Longest Deployment Since Vietnam War; In Hawaii Now

The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) breaks away from the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) after escorting Lincoln through the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations. Chancellorsville is forward-deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. US Navy photo.

This post has been updated to include comments from a Navy news release.

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) and its air wing pulled into Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, today, in the last leg of a lengthy deployment that could break records. Read More

Top Stories 2019: U.S. Navy Acquisition

Top Stories 2019: U.S. Navy Acquisition

This post is part of a series of review stories looking back at the top naval news from 2019.

2019 started with a surprise in the Navy budget request: the service needed to buy and test unmanned surface vehicles immediately to reach its ultimate goals for the surface force, and it was willing to sacrifice almost anything – including sidelining an aircraft carrier – to free up the funds to do so. Read More

Marine Corps Crisis Response Force Will Remain In Baghdad

Marine Corps Crisis Response Force Will Remain In Baghdad

U.S. Army Paratroopers assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, deploy from Pope Army Airfield, North Carolina, Jan. 1, 2020. U.S. Army photo

THE PENTAGON – After sending Marines from Kuwait to beef up security at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said a battalion of Army paratroopers will now serve as the regional quick-response force, a role previously filled by the Marines. Read More

U.S. Fleet Created to Counter Russian Subs Now Fully Operational

U.S. Fleet Created to Counter Russian Subs Now Fully Operational

USS Farragut (DDG-99) transits the Arctic Ocean beside Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG-60) during a live-fire exercise on Sept. 25, 2019. US Navy Photo

The Navy’s fleet created to beef up its Atlantic presence against Russia is now fully operational, according to a Tuesday statement from the service. Read More

Top Stories 2019: Marine Corps Acquisition

Top Stories 2019: Marine Corps Acquisition

Colored oil smoke indicates rotor wake and wind effects while external “tufts” adher to the outside of the CH-53K King Stallion showing surface airflow. These efforts validate a modification mitigating Exhaust Gas Re-ingestion for the new Marine Corps aircraft. US Navy photo.

This post is part of a series of review stories looking back at the top naval news from 2019.

The Marine Corps in 2019 continued on its path to modernize aging systems to allow Marines to move across the air, land and sea in a high-end environment. Read More

Fire-Stricken USS Iwo Jima Conducts Sea Trials; Investigation into Cause, Damage Assessment Ongoing

Fire-Stricken USS Iwo Jima Conducts Sea Trials; Investigation into Cause, Damage Assessment Ongoing

USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) is currently homeported at Naval Station Mayport, Fla. May 30, 2019. US Navy Photo

A month after a fire in a hazardous material space injured 11 sailors, amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) returned to sea last week after completing a maintenance availability at Naval Station Mayport, Fla., Navy officials confirmed to USNI News. Read More