Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade Sets Sail

Marines and Sailors with Combat Logistics Battalion 31, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) service members completed training with the newly formed JGSDF Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade (ARDB) in Sasebo, Japan, May 24. The ARDB combines Japanese air, ground and sea forces, similar to a U.S. Marine Corps Marine Air-Ground Task Force. The ARDB, established March 27, 2018, is the Japanese government’s concept to deal with various situations on islands. The ARDB combines ground forces, aviation support, and logistical capabilities into a cohesive unit capable…

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HMS Queen Elizabeth’s crew finally meet the F-35B

Members of the flying control and flight deck control teams aboard HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08), flagship of the Royal Navy’s new class of aircraft carriers, visited Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland this week for their first live peek at the F-35B Lightning II, ahead of the jet’s first trials aboard the ship this fall. On Tuesday, about 20 members of the HMS Queen Elizabeth team witnessed F-35B test aircraft BF-02 and BF-04 taxi, perform two vertical landings apiece, and conduct a couple short takeoffs. The ground reverberated as each…

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US Navy Contract Announcement May 21, 2018

T.E. Davis Construction Co.,* Jacksonville, North Carolina, is being awarded $8,854,500 for firm-fixed-price task order N4008518F5626 under a multiple award construction contract (N40085-16-D-6305) for interior and exterior repairs to Buildings 523 and 527 at Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune.  The work to be performed provides for removal of all asbestos and lead containing materials, replacement of all floor, wall and ceiling surfaces, paint all new and previously painted interior and exterior surfaces, replacement of architectural asphalt shingle roof system, replacement of the electrical, plumbing, fire protection and mechanical systems, and…

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Sikorsky Begins CH-53 King Stallion Heavy Lift Helicopter Deliveries

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, delivered the first CH-53 King Stallion helicopter to the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) today. The aircraft is the first of an expected 200 helicopters for the Marine Corps’ fleet. The CH-53K is the new build replacement for the U.S. Marine Corps’ aging CH-53E Super Stallion fleet. The CH-53E first flew in 1974 and entered service with the USMC in 1981. “Our first delivery of a CH-53K to the Marine Corps marks the start of a new generation of true heavy lift helicopter deliveries by Sikorsky…

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Essex ARG, 13th MEU complete integrated training

Sailors of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and Marines attached to 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) completed ARG/MEU exercise (ARGMEUEX) off the coast of Southern California, May 10. ARGMEUEX is a Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 15 and 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, Expeditionary Operations Training Group (EOTG)-led exercise that provides critical training and feedback prior to the deployment certifying event, composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX). “It was incredible to see the Essex ARG and 13th MEU grow as a team over the course of ARGMUEX,” said Commander, CSG 15, Rear…

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Marines complete first F A-18, APKWS operational flights

The Marine Corps’ F/A-18 squadrons recently flew with the Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS), a highly accurate 2.75 rocket that provides air-to-ground weapon support. APKWS allows the F/A-18A-D to maintain a forward-firing, moving-target capability while increasing available ordnance per aircraft and provides a more efficient weapons match versus target sets currently seen in theater. “This is an incredible weapons system that our most experienced pilots down to the newest pilots can effectively employ,” said Lt. Col Jon “TAG” Curtis, commanding officer of one of the F/A-18 squadrons. The low-cost…

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Elbit Systems of America Highlights Advanced Sensor and Data Fusion Capabilities for the Navy & Marine Corps

Bringing enhanced situational awareness to U.S. Navy and Marine Corps missions is a priority for Elbit Systems of America. The company will feature an innovative suite of intelligent pilot interfaces, advanced seekers for precision guided munitions, sustainment and support solutions, and embedded virtual training at the annual Sea-Air-Space Exhibition. The exhibition runs April 9-11, 2018 at the Gaylord National Convention Center, near Washington, D.C. “Our company is an established leader that brings sensor and data fusion for the Navy and Marine Corps,” stated Raanan Horowitz, president and chief executive officer of Elbit Systems of America. “The trusted and proven capabilities we offer enhance situational awareness…

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SECNAV Names Newest Destroyer in Honor of U.S. Marine

Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer named the next Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer in honor of Marine Corps Vietnam veteran and Navy Cross recipient Lance Cpl. Patrick Gallagher. In 1966, Gallagher, who immigrated from Ballyhaunis, Ireland in 1962, joined the Marine Corps where he served in H-Company, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division during Operation Hastings in the Republic of Vietnam. “Lance Corporal Gallagher is an American hero. His exemplary service in defense of our nation and his strength and sacrifice leaves an example for all servicemen…

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“F-35B Lightning II Aboard USS Wasp” on YouTube

EAST CHINA SEA (March 5, 2018) F-35B Lightning IIs perform deck landing qualifications aboard USS Wasp (LHD 1). Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 embarked a detachment of F-35Bs aboard USS Wasp for the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit’s Spring Patrol 2018, marking the first operational deployment of the F-35B with a MEU. As the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward-deployed MEU, the 31st MEU provides a flexible force ready to perform a wide range of military operations. (U.S. Marine Corps video by Cpl. Bernadette Wildes/Released)

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Sikorsky CH-53K Completes Critical Flight Envelope Expansion with 36,000-pound External Lift

The Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion completed an external lift of a 36,000-pound payload at the Sikorsky Development Flight Center, achieving a maximum weight on the single center point cargo hook. This milestone marks completion of critical flight envelope expansion activities for the CH-53K as Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company prepares to deliver the first aircraft to the U.S. Marine Corps this year. The CH-53K lifted the external load of 36,000 lbs. into a hover followed by flight demonstrating satisfactory handling qualities and structural margins. The gross weight of the aircraft…

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Cobra Gold exercise to to kick off in mid-February

Thailand and the United States will co-host the 37th iteration of the annual theater security cooperation event exercise Cobra Gold at various locations throughout the Kingdom of Thailand, Feb. 13-23, 2018. Cobra Gold is one of the largest theater security cooperation exercises in the Indo-Pacific region and is an integral part of the U.S. commitment to strengthen engagement in the region. Similar to last year, Cobra Gold 18 includes coordination on civic action such as humanitarian assistance and disaster relief in an effort to expand regional cooperation and collaboration in…

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USS Rushmore concludes exercise Iron Fist 2018

USS Rushmore (LSD 47), with elements from 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit and the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force, concluded exercise Iron Fist 2018 off the coast of Southern California, Feb. 7. Iron Fist 2018 demonstrated more than a decade of interoperability development and enhanced amphibious capability of Japanese and American forces. Rushmore provided both an amphibious and air platform for U.S. Marine Corps and Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force members to train and conduct operations. The amphibious phase of Iron Fist 2018 showed that Rushmore was able to act as a single…

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Bonhomme Richard Arrives in Okinawa, Embarks 3d MARDIV Marines

USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) arrived at White Beach, Okinawa to embark Marines assigned to 3d Marine Division (3d MARDIV), Jan. 31, in preparation for Exercise Cobra Gold 2018. While in port, Bonhomme Richard will embark 3d MARDIV personnel, vehicles and equipment before continuing a scheduled patrol in which the team will participate in the multilateral exercise. Bonhomme Richard, along with embarked MH-60S Sea Hawks, assigned to the “Sea Knights” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 22, departed from Sasebo, Japan, Jan. 23. “I am looking forward to embarking our…

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Bell Boeing Team to Modify Marine Corps MV-22 Ospreys

The Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey team is embarking on a modification effort with the U.S. Marine Corps that will improve readiness and reliability of the fleet of tiltrotor aircraft. The Bell Boeing Joint Program Office has been awarded a $69,668,099 modification to a previously awarded contract. Bell Boeing will modify three existing MV-22 aircraft in support of the V-22 Common Configuration-Readiness and Modernization (CC-RAM) Program. Last week, the first MV-22 to be modified arrived at Boeing’s Philadelphia facility where majority of the work will be completed. Additional work will also…

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F-35 Pax River ITF expands expeditionary envelope for USMC

The F-35 Patuxent River Integrated Test Force team brings the U.S. Marine Corps’ F-35B one step closer to initial operational test and evaluation as they wrap up testing of the F-35B STOVL envelope with sloped surface vertical landing tests January and February at Marine Corps Auxiliary Landing Field (MCALF) Bogue, N.C. “The Marine Corps is an expeditionary force capable of deploying on short notice to crises around the world—even to the most austere environments, and the F-35 has an exceptional expeditionary capability.” said Maj. Michael Lippert, F-35 Pax River ITF…

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