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Joint Chiefs Chair Milley Remembers Father's Service at Iwo Jima

Joint Chiefs Chair Milley Remembers Father’s Service at Iwo Jima

LVTs retracting from the Iwo Jima beaches after landing the initial waves of Marines, during the morning of Feb. 19, 1945. USS Tennessee (BB-43) is in the right-center. Navy Photo

Iwo Jima was “what hell on earth was like,” the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said, describing what his father, Alexander Milley, experienced when he landed on the eight-square-mile island 75 years ago. Read More

Navy Confirms Global Strike Hypersonic Weapon Will First Deploy on Virginia Attack Subs

Navy Confirms Global Strike Hypersonic Weapon Will First Deploy on Virginia Attack Subs

Rendering of Block V Virginia-class submarine with Virginia Payload Module. General Dynamics Electric Boat Image

The Navy intends to deploy its conventional prompt strike hypersonic weapon on Virginia-class attack submarines, after previous discussions of putting the weapon on the larger Ohio-class guided-missile submarine (SSGN), according to budget request documents. Read More

Navy Budgeting $1.1B for 2nd Frigate as Timeline Slows

Navy Budgeting $1.1B for 2nd Frigate as Timeline Slows

This post has been updated to include an additional comment by Naval Sea Systems Command.

The Navy’s second frigate will cost $1.1 billion to build, an increase over previous estimates as the shipbuilding program is being slowed down amid budget constraints and cuts to overall ship procurement plans. Read More

Navy, Marine Program Cuts Pay Biggest Share of New $4B Pentagon Border Barrier Funding

Navy, Marine Program Cuts Pay Biggest Share of New $4B Pentagon Border Barrier Funding

U.S. Northern Command border support operations at Bisbee, Arizona on Nov. 6, 2018. US Army Photo

This post has been updated with statements from shipbuilder HII, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, HASC chairman Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.) and HASC ranking member Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas).

Pentagon leaders want to reroute $1.5 billion in money from two major shipbuilding programs and aircraft for the Navy and Marine Corps to support construction of $3.8 billion in new physical barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border, according to a copy of a Fiscal Year 2020 reprogramming request obtained by USNI News. Read More

U.S. Warns China Will Gain Edge if the Philippines Ends Visiting Forces Agreement

U.S. Warns China Will Gain Edge if the Philippines Ends Visiting Forces Agreement

U.S. Army 1st Lt. Alex Donahue discusses the importance of proper knots and rigging with Philippine soldiers during a subject matter expert exchange in support of Balikitan 2017 at Fort Ramon Magsaysay, Philippines on May 4, 2017. US Army Photo

KUALA LUMPUR — The Philippines government has now formally begun the process of terminating the Visiting Forces Agreement with the United States, Philippines Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin confirmed on Twitter: the U.S. Embassy in Manila has received notice, and the termination will take effect 180 days later. Read More

Judge Orders Navy to Release USS Thresher Disaster Documents

Judge Orders Navy to Release USS Thresher Disaster Documents

Launch of USS Thresher in 1960. Naval Institute Archives

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A U.S. District Court judge ordered the Navy to start releasing unclassified documents related to the sinking of USS Thresher (SSN-593), 57 years after 129 officers, sailors and shipbuilders died in the nation’s worst nuclear submarine disaster.

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SECARMY Memo: Military Medical Reform Effort Risks Combat Healthcare Quality, R&D

SECARMY Memo: Military Medical Reform Effort Risks Combat Healthcare Quality, R&D

Dr. Brian Wong prepares for a laboratory study at Naval Medical Research Unit Dayton’s (NAMRU-Dayton_ Environmental Health Effects Laboratory. Dr. Wong designs studies to determine potential health effects associated with exposure to environmental stressors to address the Unites States Navy and the Department of Defense needs. Navy photo.

U.S. Army officials worry a lack of planning and poor funding for a pending consolidation of how the Pentagon manages military public health and medical research activities will result in dire battlefield consequences.

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As Russian Submarines Lurk, 2nd Fleet Conducting Tougher Training of East Coast Ships

As Russian Submarines Lurk, 2nd Fleet Conducting Tougher Training of East Coast Ships

U.S. Marines with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) and Sailors with the Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 8 provide security for the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) during Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) in the Atlantic Ocean on Oct. 22, 2019. US Marine Corps Photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. 2nd Fleet is having deploying units test out new complex tactics on their way across the Atlantic, with each of these so-called Fleet Battle Problems contributing to an overall maturation of the concepts the Navy would use in a peer adversary fight, the commander said on Tuesday. Read More