Marines Embark Merchant Vessel to Provide Security in Strait of Hormuz Transit

October 31, 2019 – Marines and Sailors deployed with Fleet Anti-Terrorism Security Team, Central Command (FASTCENT) Company, assigned to Naval Amphibious Force, Task Force 51/5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade (TF 51/5th MEB), embarked on a Military Sealift Command time chartered vessel in the Arabian Gulf to provide security during a Strait of Hormuz transit Oct. 21. Task Force 51/5th MEB has a myriad of inherently maneuverable assets that offer commanders the ability to flexibly respond to a wide variety of missions and contingencies, and that are capable of being rapidly deployed.…

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USMC Orders More Amphibious Combat Vehicles from BAE Systems

October 30, 2019 – BAE Systems has received a $120 million contract from the U.S. Marine Corps for additional Amphibious Combat Vehicles under a third order for Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP). This award is an important next step on the path to full rate production. This latest contract is for the ACV personnel carrier variant (ACV-P), an eight-wheeled amphibious assault vehicle capable of transporting Marines from open-ocean ship to shore and conducting land operations. Each vehicle embarks 13 Marines in addition to a crew of three. “This award further…

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Marine Corps F-35Bs and USS America Train Together

October 24, 2019 – Approximately one dozen, fully-operational F-35B Lightning IIs embarked aboard the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) Oct. 8 during routine training in the eastern Pacific. The F-35Bs are assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 122, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, I Marine Expeditionary Force. Lt. Col. John Dirk, commanding officer, VMFA 122, highlighted the importance of being able to conduct the training in a joint environment and stated the training was a success. “The training went exceedingly well. We were able to sustain a high…

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Virginia-Based Sailors, Marines Return Bahamas HADR Mission

September 18, 2019 – Sailors and Marines returned to Norfolk, Virginia, this week after providing unique military capabilities supporting relief to the Bahamas following Hurricane Dorian. The service members came from the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group (ARG); Helicopter Mine Countermeasure Squadron (HM)-14 and HM-15; and Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 9 and HSC-26. Under the direction of U.S. Northern Command, the Bataan ARG provided support to the U.S. Agency for International Development enabling the broader effort to address the acute humanitarian needs of the Bahamian people. The Bataan ARG, comprising…

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Navy, Marine Corps Leaders Witness New Expeditionary Warfare USV in Action at ANTX Demonstration

August 26, 2019 – The Navy civilian engineers who developed a unique weaponized unmanned surface vehicle (USV) tested by the Marine Corps in July envision that its technological capabilities will revolutionize naval warfare. The Expeditionary Warfare USV – capable of performing force protection and long-range USV missions during distributed maritime operations, littoral operations in a contested environment, and expeditionary advanced base operations – was developed for Navy surface warfare and Marine Corps expeditionary warfare missions, they announced Aug. 26. “We believe the USV autonomous sensing, targeting, and engagement systems demonstrate…

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CGI to Develop electronic Procurement System (ePS) for USN/USMC

July 30, 2019 – CGI (NYSE: GIB) (TSX: GIB.A) announced it has been awarded a 10-year, $222.9 million contract by the Space and Naval War Systems Command (SPAWAR) Program Executive Office for Enterprise Information Systems to develop the electronic Procurement System (ePS), an end-to-end contract writing system that will provide U.S. Navy and Marine Corps personnel with standardized, comprehensive contract and procurement management for services, supplies, construction and grants. Under the contract, the Navy and Marine Corps will use CGI’s proprietary Momentum® Acquisitions software to process all of the Navy…

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Wasp ARG Completes Talisman Sabre 2019 With Port Visits

July 26, 2019 – USS Wasp (LHD 1) with the embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), arrived in Brisbane for a scheduled port visit July 26 after completing Exercise Talisman Sabre 2019. Along with Wasp, USS Green Bay (LPD 20) and USS Ashland (LSD 48), both in the Wasp Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG), sailed into Australian ports with Green Bay moored in Cairns, Australia, and Ashland in Townsville, Australia. “Talisman Sabre 2019 was a terrific opportunity to work with our Australian partners, strengthen our interoperability, and demonstrate our bilateral amphibious…

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USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) Participates in DSCA Exercise

July 15, 2019 – USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) demonstrated its emergency response capabilities by conducting amphibious operations to load and unload mobile equipment to train how to properly respond to a natural disaster and to provide humanitarian assistance, July 11. This exercise is part of the Defense Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA) training event in the Norfolk area. “These training evolutions are a great way to highlight the synergy between the Navy-Marine Corps teams and to validate the operational plans to properly prepare to help those in need after…

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Talisman Sabre 2019 – Largest Ever Bilateral Defence Exercise Begins

July 7, 2019 – The opening ceremony for Exercise Talisman Sabre 2019 has been held in the Port of Brisbane today on the USS Ronald Reagan to formally launch Australia’s largest bilateral exercise with the United States. Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC said the exercise was designed to enhance combat readiness and interoperability between the Australian and United States Armed Forces. “This premier military engagement reflects the strength of the Australia-US alliance and the closeness of our military to military relationship,” Minister Reynolds said. “Exercise Talisman…

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French Navy Trains With US Marines

July 4, 2019 (Google Translation) – Deployed since February 25, 2019, Joan of Arc Group has leveraged its passage to the United States to conduct operational readiness activities June 27 to 29, 2019 with the US Marines at Camp Lejeune and means of the US Navy based in Norfolk. For three days, the sailors participated in a high intensity exercise with the US Navy named Semper Thunder . They were able to demonstrate complete interoperability with their counterparts. Among the various interactions, we find: beach reconnaissance, amphibious actions and aerocombat.…

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BAE Systems to Develop New USMC ACV

June 25, 2019 – BAE Systems, along with teammate Iveco Defence Vehicles, has been awarded a $67 million contract modification by the U.S. Marine Corps to develop new variants for the Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV) Family of Vehicles program for enhancing battlefield situational awareness and firepower. “With this award, BAE Systems will be able to develop a family of vehicles that will deliver the technology and capability the Marines require to accomplish their mission in support of our national security.” “The ACV has proven to be a versatile platform capable of…

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Sikorsky Receives Contract to Build 12 CH-53K Heavy Lift Helicopters

May 17, 2019 – Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company will build 12 production CH-53K King Stallion helicopters under a new $1.13 billion contract from the U.S. Navy. These advanced helicopters are part of the 200 program of record aircraft for the U.S. Marine Corps. Under the terms of the contract, known as Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) Lot 2 and 3, Sikorsky will begin deliveries of 12 CH-53K helicopters in 2022, and also provide spares and logistical support. Sikorsky remains committed to continuing to reduce costs over the life of…

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Raytheon providing US Marines with Naval Strike Missiles

May 7, 2019 – Raytheon Company will integrate the Naval Strike Missile into the U.S. Marine Corps’ existing force structure under a $47.59 million Other Transaction Authority agreement with Marine Corps Systems Command. A USMC NSM supports the 2018 National Defense Strategy and Commandant of the Marine Corps modernization efforts. Known for its “sea-skimming” capability, the Naval Strike Missile can fly at very low altitudes over water and land. (Photo: Kongsberg) NSM is a long-range, precision strike missile that can detect and destroy heavily defended land and sea targets at…

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Kaman Awarded Contract to Reactivate USMC K-MAX® Helicopters

May 1, 2019– Kaman Aerospace, the Aerospace segment of Kaman Corporation, today announced that it has been awarded a contract to return two United States Marine Corps (USMC) K-MAX® aircraft to flight operations. Kaman Aerospace will transport the two helicopters from Yuma, Arizona, where they are currently located, to Bloomfield, Connecticut, where they will be reactivated to flight-ready status. The two helicopters, designated as CQ-24A, served in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom from 2011 to 2013, and exclusively flew unmanned missions. In the 33 months the unmanned K-MAX® was deployed…

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Marine Corps, Navy improve crisis response capabilities with Pacific Blitz exercise

March 20, 2019 – Forces from I Marine Expeditionary Force (I MEF) and U.S. 3rd Fleet are conducting exercise Pacific Blitz 2019 in and off the coast of Southern California through March 26. Pacific Blitz, which kicked off March 12, is a scenario-driven field-training exercise designed to train and integrate with the staffs of I MEF and 3rd Fleet. “When you consider today’s threats, it is all about maintaining a ready force that can move rapidly into congested domains,” said Lt. Gen. Joseph L. Osterman, commanding general, I MEF. “The…

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