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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Navy to Christen Amphibious Assault Ship Tripoli

The Navy will christen its newest America-class amphibious assault ship, the future USS Tripoli (LHA 7), during a 10 a.m. CDT ceremony Saturday, September 16, in Pascagoula, Mississippi. Mr. Thomas Dee, performing the duties of the Under Secretary of the Navy, will deliver the ceremony’s principal address. Lynne Mabus, the wife of the 75th Secretary of the Navy, the Honorable Ray Mabus, will serve as the ship’s sponsor. The ceremony will be highlighted by Mrs. Mabus breaking a bottle of sparkling wine across the bow to formally christen the ship,…

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International engagement commences

The Australian Defence Force Joint Task Group, Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2017, has completed the first international engagement activity of the deployment. HMAS Adelaide, one of the Royal Australian Navy’s Canberra class amphibious ships, reached the milestone after recently conducting aviation training with the USS Bonhomme Richard off the east coast of Australia. The training involved both the SH60S Seahawk helicopter and a United States Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor, with a focus on flight deck familiarization for the United States Marine Corps aircrew and currency training for Adelaide’s aviation support sailors….

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US Coast Guard historian presents personal history of Douglas Munro

U.S. Coast Guard Assistant Historian Beth Crumley will present the personal history of Signalman First Class Douglas Munro, the Coast Guard’s only Medal of Honor recipient, during a special exhibit on the history of the Battle of Guadalcanal at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle, Va., Friday, Sept. 8, and Saturday, Sept. 9. Crumley will speak about Munro, who died a hero evacuating a battalion of Marines trapped by the Japanese at Guadalcanal Sept. 27, 1942. She will also provide information on the history of the Coast…

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NARVAIR Awards Contract to Lockheed Martin to Begin CH-53K Helicopter Production

Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, has awarded Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) a Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) Lot 1 contract to build two production CH-53K King Stallion helicopters. This contract follows the April 4, 2017, Milestone C decision by the Defense Acquisition Board (DAB) approving LRIP production. “Gaining the U.S. Marine Corps approval to enter into production and the award of the first contract are milestones made possible by the tremendous achievements of the joint Sikorsky, Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) and U.S. Marine Corps team,” said Dr….

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VMGR-152 arrives at Whidbey Island for unit-level training

U.S. Marines with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron (VMGR) 152 arrived at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Washington, Aug. 13, 2017. VMGR-152 “Sumos” will conduct training as part of unit-level training Evergreen, which will serve as the squadron’s 2017 Marine Corps Combat Readiness Evaluation. The Sumos will conduct tri-lateral training with the U.S. Army 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment and U.S. Army 1st Special Forces Group to gain valuable insight on the most recent Operation Inherent Resolve assault-support tactics. The squadron will also conduct division formation flights with stateside-based VMGR…

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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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U.S. Marine Corps receives approval for CH-53K King Stallion production

April 5, 2017 – The Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics (USD(AT&L)) approved the Navy’s request for the CH-53K King Stallion heavy lift helicopter program to enter into the Production and Deployment April 4. “We have just successfully launched the production of the most powerful helicopter our nation has ever designed. This incredible positive step function in capability is going to revolutionize the way our nation conducts business in the battlespace by ensuring a substantial increase in logistical throughput into that…

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USS Bonhomme Richard arrives in Okinawa, disembarks 31st MEU Marines

April 6, 2017 – USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) arrived in White Beach, Okinawa, to disembark 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) equipment, vehicles and personnel, April 6. Bonhomme Richard departed Sasebo, Japan, for a regularly-scheduled patrol in the 7th Fleet area of operations, Feb. 27. During the patrol, Bonhomme Richard and the 31st MEU completed amphibious integrated training (AIT) and a certification exercise (CERTEX). “I continue to be amazed by the professionalism and determination of our blue-green team,” said Capt. Jeffrey Ward, Bonhomme Richard’s commanding officer. “They flawlessly executed the…

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USS Makin Island, 11th MEU arrive in Hong Kong

April 6, 2017 – USS Makin Island (LHD 8), with Marines of the embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, arrived in Hong Kong for a scheduled port visit, April 7. The port visit will allow the Sailors and Marines to experience the local culture and conduct community relations projects. Makin Island’s commanding officer, Capt. Mark Melson, said port visits and liberty give the crew and embarked Marines a valuable opportunity to experience and gain an appreciation for new cultures. “The Makin Island team is grateful for the opportunity to visit Hong…

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CH-53K King Stallion Program Achieves Milestone C

April 4, 2017 – Lockheed Martin today announced the CH-53K King Stallion program successfully passed its Defense Acquisition Board (DAB) review and achieved a Milestone C decision that enables low rate initial production funding. “This affirmative Milestone C decision validates the maturity and the robust capability of the King Stallion in meeting the United States Marine Corps mission requirements,” said Dr. Michael Torok, Sikorsky vice president, CH-53K Programs. “This establishes the CH-53K as a production program and marks another critical step toward our goal of delivering this tremendous capability to the USMC.” Numerous, successfully completed pre-requisites…

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F-35B Operations, Sustainment Exercise Brings Experts Together

  March 20, 2017 – Nearly 200 Navy, Marine Corps, and civilian personnel concluded a weeklong exercise aiming to successfully integrate the new F-35B Joint Strike Fighter into the fleet. The exercise was comprised of a wide variety of military service members, industry partners, and technical experts. The F-35B Ship Sustainment Wargame (SSWG) focused on the Marine Corps F-35B, using a “Day-in-the-Life” approach to analyze operations and logistics integration with the Navy’s amphibious assault ships. This event was the culminating activity of nine months of preparation, led by Vice Adm….

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Navy Warfare Development Command, Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory Publish Littoral Operations in a Contested Environment Concept

March 15, 2017 – the Navy Warfare Development Command (NWDC) and the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory (MCWL) have published a new concept paper which addresses the challenges of conducting naval operations in coastal and offshore waterways known as the littorals. The chief of naval operations and the commandant of the Marine Corps signed the Littoral Operations in a Contested Environment (LOCE) concept paper, Feb. 27. LOCE is pronounced “Low-key.” In June 2015, senior leaders from the Navy and Marine Corps convened in Washington, D.C., for the Navy-Marine Warfighter Talks. They…

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Raytheon developing next generation, cross domain communication and engagement network for U.S. Navy

March 14, 2017 – The U.S. Office of Naval Research recently awarded Raytheon Company an $11.8 million contract to develop networking technologies enabling greater sensor interconnectivity and enhancing integrated fires capabilities for Naval operations. Communications and Interoperability for Integrated Fires, or CIIF, will advance situational awareness for force-wide integrated air and missile defense. New and existing ships, planes, UAVs and expeditionary forces will communicate and share critical information across data links. These links connect one platform to another via radio frequency to transmit and receive digital information. CIIF will leverage existing…

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USO Announces New Leadership for New Era of Entertainment

March 13, 2017 – The USO’s iconic tradition of bringing entertainment to service members around the globe is being optimized with new leadership. Starting in April, longtime nonprofit entertainment representative Lorie Hennessey will join the USO as its Senior Vice President of Entertainment. Hennessey will lead a newly-configured entertainment team and manage all USO entertainment activities to deliver best-in-class celebrity engagement and USO tours to service members and their families. Hennessey will be supported by two vice presidents — newly-named USO Vice President of Entertainment Partnerships Mimi DiTrani and long-time…

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