US Marines land in Iceland in initial phase of exercise Trident Juncture

October 17, 2018 – Around 90 US Marines from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit landed at Keflavík on Wednesday (17 October 2018), marking the initial phase of NATO’s Exercise Trident Juncture 2018 in Iceland. The main phase of Trident Juncture will start in Norway on October 25. Arriving by MV-22 Osprey and CH-53 Sea Stallion helicopters from the USS Iwo Jima, the Marines practised securing the airfield and key infrastructure, in cooperation with the Icelandic Police. The US Navy has also deployed two cutting-edge P-8A Poseidon aircraft to Keflavík from…

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US, JSDF & RCN Kick off Exercise Keen Sword

October 13, 2018 – Units from the U.S. military and Japan Self Defense Force (JSDF) will conduct exercise Keen Sword beginning Oct. 29, 2018. The biennial exercise is the latest in a series of joint/bilateral field training exercises since 1986 designed to increase combat readiness and interoperability of U.S. forces and the JSDF. Two Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) ships (HMCS Calgary and MV Asterix) will participate in the maritime portion of the exercise for the first time. This year’s iteration will feature the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force’s (JGSDF) Amphibious Rapid…

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US & Japan Advance New Amphibious Capability

October 7, 2018 – USS Ashland (LSD 48) became the first U.S. Navy ship in the 7th Fleet to conduct amphibious operations with the newly established Japan Ground Self Defense Force (JGSDF), Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade (ARDB) troops and their equipment on Oct. 2. JGSDF Assault Amphibious Vehicles (AAV) were recovered by Ashland Sailors and embarked Marines from 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) during humanitarian assistance and disaster response (HADR) training as a part of exercise Kaagapay Ng Mga Mandirigma Ng Dagat (KAMANDAG) 2. The ARDB, formed on March 27,…

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F-35Bs Join Forces with British Aircraft Carrier to Make History

October 2, 2018 – This week the first F-35 Lightning fighter jets landed on the deck of the United Kingdom’s new aircraft carrier making history and marking the beginning of more than half-a-century of ‘Carrier Strike’ operations. Royal Navy Cmdr. Nathan Gray and Royal Air Force Sq. Ldr. Andy Edgell, both test pilots at the F-35 Integrated Test Force at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., were the first pilots to land the stealth F-35 Lightning fighter jets on board the carrier, demonstrating the formidable force HMS Queen Elizabeth and…

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USMC F-35B Conducts First Combat Strikes in CENTCOM AOR

September 27, 2018 – The Marine Corps F-35B, Lightning II, conducted its first combat strikes in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel in Afghanistan, Sept. 27. During this mission the F-35B conducted an air strike in support of ground clearance operations, and the strike was deemed successful by the ground force commander. “The F-35B is a significant enhancement in theater amphibious and air warfighting capability, operational flexibility, and tactical supremacy,” said Vice Adm. Scott Stearney, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central command. “As part…

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US Navy Contract Announcements August 31, 2018

Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded an $81,030,000 not-to-exceed modification to previously issued firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order N00019-18-F-0584 issued against basic ordering agreement N00019-14-G-0020. This modification provides for the procurement of air vehicle initial spares for the F-35 Lightning III aircraft, including afloat spares packages, Marine Corps quick engine change kits, and associated consumables to support the air vehicle delivery schedules for Navy and Marine Corps. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas 24.4 percent); El Segundo, California (9.1 percent); Owego, New York…

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Rockwell Collins to help U.S. Navy meet civil navigation standards on multiple aircraft

August 30, 2018 – Rockwell Collins is helping multiple U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps aircraft obtain safety-critical Required Navigation Performance Area Navigation (RNP-RNAV) capabilities through a contract issued by the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) Air Combat Electronics program office (PMA-209). Under the agreement, Rockwell Collins will supply its Mission Flight Management Software (MFMS-1000) and Localizer Performance with Vertical Guidance (LPV) Calculator (LPVC-1000) applications, which will enable these aircraft to meet RNP-RNAV requirements and obtain global airspace access and perform GPS approach procedures. These procedures improve airspace utilization…

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Lightning pilots ramp up training for HMS Queen Elizabeth debut

August 22, 2018 – Ramping up training ahead of debuting on Britain’s new carrier, ex-Fleet Air Arm pilot Peter ‘Wizzer’ Wilson takes off from a replica ski jump in an F-35B. Four test pilots are getting in last-minute training ready to take their specially-modified stealth fighters aboard HMS Queen Elizabeth next month. They’ll conduct around 500 landings and take-offs on the 900ft deck of the future flagship – the first time the Portsmouth-based warship has hosted fast jets. She’s about to strike out across the Atlantic – another first – after…

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DOD Announces Hack the Marine Corps Bug Bounty Program With HackerOne

August 13, 2018 – The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and HackerOne, the leading hacker-powered security platform, today announced the launch of the Department’s sixth bug bounty program, Hack the Marine Corps. The bug bounty challenge will focus on Marine Corps’ public-facing websites and services in order to harden the defenses of the Marine Corps Enterprise Network (MCEN). The bug bounty program will conclude on August 26, 2018. The Marine Corps’ bug bounty program kicked off with a live-hacking event in Las Vegas, Nev. on August 12, 2018 coinciding with…

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Essex ARG, 13th MEU conclude at-sea search for missing Marine

August 14, 2018 – After a deliberate, five-day search, the Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) concluded their search and rescue operation for a missing Marine, Aug. 13. The Marine was reported missing and assumed overboard Aug. 9. At that time the ship was conducting routine operations in the Sulu Sea. Over the course of the at-sea search approximately 13,000 square nautical miles of the Sulu Sea, Mindanao Sea and the Surigao Strait were searched with more than 110 aerial sorties. Additional support was provided…

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HMAS Adelaide docks Amphibious Assault Vehicles

Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD), HMAS Adelaide has achieved another significant milestone on Exercise Rim of the Pacific 2018 (RIMPAC 18) by embarking thirteen US Marine Corps Amphibious Assault Vehicles (AAV). The 3d Marine Regiment combat vehicles were embarked during an amphibious docking operation which saw them ‘swim’ 1800 metres from the beach to where the ship remained at station off Kaneohe Bay. AAV Platoon Commander, Lieutenant Nolan Paduda said that the operation would extend amphibious capability for the Marines and 2nd Battalion (Amphibious), Royal Australian Regiment (2 RAR) soldiers participating…

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BAE Systems Team Wins U.S. Marine Corps’ Amphibious Combat Vehicle Competition

The U.S. Marine Corps has awarded BAE Systems a $198 million contract to deliver an initial 30 Amphibious Combat Vehicles (ACV), with options for a total of 204 vehicles which could be worth up to $1.2 billion. BAE Systems, along with teammate Iveco Defence Vehicles, prevailed in the Marine Corps’ robust competition for the next generation of vehicles to get the Marines from ship to shore to engage in land combat operations. “Through this award, we are proud to continue our partnership with the Marine Corps by providing a best-in-class…

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FRC East achieves another F-35 milestone

The first Air Force F-35A Lightning II, AF-10, inducted at Fleet Readiness Center East for modifications departed for the 33rd Fighter Wing at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, on June 7, 2018. The departure of the jet represents another successful milestone, demonstrating FRC East depot capability to perform heavy maintenance at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point. The Depot has now received, modified and returned all variants of the fifth generation aircraft. FRC East is the primary depot source of repair for both F-35B and F-35C variant workloads, while serving…

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Essex ARG, 13th MEU complete COMPTUEX

Sailors of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and Marines attached to 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) completed Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) off the coast of Southern California, June 15. COMPTUEX is a Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 15 and 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, Expeditionary Operations Training Group (EOTG)-led sea and land-based deployment certification event involving the full embarkation of the MEU. Essex ARG is commanded by Capt. Gerald Olin of Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 1, and comprises amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2), amphibious transport dock USS Anchorage (LPD…

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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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