Remaining F-35B Lightning II Aircraft with VMFA-121 Arrive at MCAS Iwakuni

U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II aircraft with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121 arrived at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Iwakuni, Japan, Nov. 9, 2017. The remaining aircraft represent the last installment of F-35B Lightning IIs assigned to VMFA-121. The F-35B Lightning II is a fifth-generation fighter, which is the world’s first operational supersonic short takeoff and vertical landing aircraft. The F-35B brings strategic agility, operational flexibility and tactical supremacy to III MEF with a mission radius greater than that of the F/A-18 Hornet and AV-8B Harrier II in…

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Australian Navy in exercise off Republic of Korea

Royal Australian Navy frigates Parramatta and Melbourne, have joined Republic of Korea destroyer, ROKS Sejeong The Great, and US destroyer, USS Chafee to participate in a multilateral maritime interdiction exercise off the coast of Jeju. The exercise also included observers from Japan, Singapore, Canada, Germany and Denmark. Chief of Joint Operations, Vice Admiral David Johnston said that the joint exercise was vital to global maritime security. “Australia is deeply concerned about the global threat posed by North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs and its illegal activities,” he said. “As…

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USS Ashland Returns to Sasebo

USS Ashland (LSD 48) arrived at its forward-deployed base in Sasebo, Japan, Nov. 8, after completing a five-month deployment in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. Ashland departed Sasebo, May 26, and during five months at sea, completed multiple exercises, assessments and certifications, as well as several port visits. “What a great success story for the crew,” said Cmdr. Steven Wasson, Ashland’s commanding officer. “Five months out at sea with all of their earned qualifications and training completed. It’s very impressive how they excelled at every corner.” Ashland teamed with Marines of the…

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USS Ashland Completes Exercise Blue Chromite

USS Ashland (LSD 48) departed Okinawa Nov. 4 after completing of a series of amphibious operations as part of exercise Blue Chromite 18. Blue Chromite is a joint field training exercise held annually between the all four services though primarily focused on the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps to strengthen naval integration and tactical proficiencies in amphibious warfare. Ashland embarked nearly 300 Marines with 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment (1/3) who have been deployed to Okinawa for several months from Marine Corps Base Hawaii. The two services worked together…

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PCG welcomes BRP Sindangan, the 6th Multi Role Response Vessel from Japan

The PCG rendered an arrival ceremony for MRRV 4407 – SINDANGAN, the sixth Philippine Coast Guard Multi Role Response Vessel under the helm of Lieutenant Severino B Destora PCG at the Headquarters Coast Guard Ready Force Pier 13, Manila today, October 11. The Barko ng Republika ng Pilipinas (BRP) Sindangan was the sixth of the ten 44-meter multi-role response vessels with assigned bow number 4407 was built and delivered by the Japan Marine United Corporation (JMUC) Yokohama shipyard in Japan. Named after the Sindangan Lighthouse located in Sindangan, Zamboanga Del…

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Navy Awards Government of Japan-Funded Contract for Marine Corps Relocation to Guam

Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Pacific awarded today a $17.9 million firm-fixed price contract to Contrack Watts Inc. of Virginia, to construct a Waterfront Headquarters Building on Naval Base Guam. The contract supports the Defense Policy Review Initiative and is funded by the Government of Japan (GoJ) as part of the International Agreement between the United States and Japan. “For the Marines to effectively execute amphibious operations, a fully capable waterfront facility and associated infrastructure are essential,” said Officer in Charge of Construction (OICC) Marianas Commanding Officer Capt. Dan Turner….

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Pacific protection paramount in counter proliferation

The Australian Government is joining forces with countries from around the world to conduct Exercise PACIFIC PROTECTOR, as part of an ongoing major international commitment to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, their delivery systems and related materials. The exercise will be held in Cairns, Queensland from 6–9 September 2017 as part of the Proliferation Security Initiative, which is an effort by 105 partner countries to build networks, tools and capabilities to counter illicit weapons of mass destruction-related trade across the globe. Participants will take part in academic sessions, a table top…

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US Navy Awards Government of Japan-Funded Contract for Marine Corps Relocation Project on Guam

Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Pacific awarded a $164.89 million contract, Aug. 17, to Granite-Obayashi for services for design and construction of utilities and site improvements for the future Marine Corps Base Guam on Naval Computer and Telecommunications Site (NCTS) Finegayan. The contract was awarded in support of the Defense Policy Review Initiative and was funded by the Government of Japan as part of the international agreement between the United States and Japan. The award of this contract marks a critical step in moving forward with the relocation plan that…

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A Great Life Story From a “Doolittle Raider” Pilot

A Great Life Story From a “Doolittle Raider” Pilot By Capt Joseph R. John, April 18, 2017: Op Ed # 345 The below listed article is a firsthand historic account by one of the 16 pilots who participated in the “Tokyo Raid” against Imperial Japan; the raid was led by Lt Col James “Jimmy” Doolittle, US Army Air Corps. The “Tokyo Raid” was launched in retaliation for the December 7, 1941 surprise attack on Pearl Harbor by the Imperial Forces of Japan.  Seventy-five years later, Americans are still awed by…

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