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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Fleet Readiness Center Southeast now primary source for Navy T-6 repair

In a few years, every Navy and Marine Corps pilot to earn their wings will have flown an aircraft touched by the capable hands of Fleet Readiness Center Southeast artisans. The Chief of Naval Air Training, known as CNATRA, named  as the primary source of repair for the T-6 Texan II trainer aircraft in November. “The T-6 is the primary trainer aircraft for CNATRA,” said Daniel Simon, FRCSE’s deputy integrated product team lead for the trainer aircraft program. “This is the first plane that a naval aviator will fly.” Regardless…

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Pax River tests new joint-air-to-ground missile on AH-1Z helicopter

The Navy successfully completed its first Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM) flight test on the AH-1Z helicopter Dec.5 at Patuxent River. During the flight, aircrew aboard the AH-1Z navigated the missile through various operational modes and exercised its active seeker to search and/or acquire targets, demonstrating its compatibility with the aircraft. “Initial results from the flight indicate the missile performed as planned,” said Liam Cosgrove, JAGM flight test lead. “We will continue to conduct a series of tests to prepare for live fire testing of the JAGM off the AH-1Z scheduled…

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Draken International Supports Marine Corps Exercise Winter Fury

Draken International spent two weeks providing Adversary Air (ADAIR) support during exercise WINTER FURY at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar for the 3rd Marine Air Wing from November 27th to December 7th. The exercise was a high-end combat training event for 3d Marine Air Wing units, exercising full-scale Offensive Anti-Air Warfare, Air Interdiction, and Active Air Defense mission sets against a complex and advanced threat. As the industry’s leading provider of ADAIR training services, Draken International showcased 4th Generation capabilities utilizing a 4-ship of L-159 Honey Badgers that employ the…

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Trump Signs Fiscal Year 2018 Defense Authorization

President Donald J. Trump signed the fiscal year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act into law during a White House ceremony Dec. 12. The act calls for $626 billion for the department’s base budget and another $66 billion for operations. The act includes a 2.4 percent pay raise for military personnel. The act authorizes the department to spend money but the appropriations bill–which actually provides the funds–is still in Congress. U.S. Military: ‘Greatest Fighting Force’ “This historic legislation demonstrates our unwavering commitment to our men and women in uniform–the greatest fighting…

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NASA astronaut candidate has ties to NAWCWD

Marine Corps Maj. Jasmin Moghbeli, who was a test pilot with Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division’s Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 31 from March 2014 to August 2015, was recently selected for NASA’s 2017 Astronaut Candidate Class. NASA received a record-breaking 18,300 applicants for the 2017 class, and it was the largest class selected since the year 2000, with 12 slots. Moghbeli, who always dreamed of being an astronaut, credits her vast military test experience, including her time spent with VX-31, as one of the reasons she was…

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FRC East marks another F-35 milestone

Fleet Readiness Center East achieved another milestone for its support of the F-35 Lightning II program.The depot received its first U. S. Navy F-35C Lightning II, carrier variant, for maintenance Nov. 9. The aircraft was flown from Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. The F-35C is one of the aircraft needed for the Navy to declare Initial Operating Capability (IOC). According to a report submitted to the Congressional Defense Committees in 2013, the branch will declare IOC for the F-35C when the first operational squadron is equipped with 10 aircraft, and…

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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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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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Iwo Jima ARG, 26th MEU Start Combined COMPTUEX

Components of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) started a Combined Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) off the coast of Virginia, Nov. 3. Nearly 4,000 Sailors and Marines are embarked aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) and the transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21) for the six-week exercise that is the final stage of a comprehensive training cycle aimed at building cohesion between the ARG’s Blue-Green team and certifying them for deployment. “We operate in a…

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BAE Systems Joins U.S. Navy to Mark 5,000th Upgraded Mine-Resistant Tactical Vehicle for U.S. and Coalition Forces

BAE Systems, in support of the U.S. Navy’s Space and Naval Warfare (SPAWAR) Systems Center Atlantic, has successfully upgraded the Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Intelligence (C4I) capabilities on the 5,000th mine-resistant tactical vehicle for U.S. and allied forces. The important milestone comes as the U.S. Army, a SPAWAR customer, seeks to improve the mission capabilities of its tactical vehicle fleet and enhance situational awareness for soldiers. The work is part of the Tactical Vehicle Engineering and Prototyping Support Services program through SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic, based in Charleston, South…

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