Marines Join Navy in Testing Future Concepts for CH-53K Fleet

In a first for the Marine Corps, Marines from Marine Operational Test & Evaluation Squadron One conducted over-the-horizon heavy lift and troop transport ship-to-shore operations aboard CH-53K King Stallions over the Atlantic Ocean, Nov. 19-21. These exercises are a critical component of the Marine Corps’ future force operating concepts, such as expeditionary advanced base operations and distributed operations. “We are…

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Marines Complete Maritime Tests for New Air-to-Ground Missile

The Marines recently completed Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM) operational testing on the AH-1Z Viper at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, demonstrating its maritime targeting capability. The team conducted multiple live-fire events in November testing all modes of the missile against realistic operational threats. “The team has worked tirelessly to conduct these rigorous test events, said Capt. Alex Dutko, Direct…

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USNS Puerto Rico Supports Resolute Dragon 21 in Japan

The expeditionary fast transport ship USNS Puerto Rico (T-EPF 11) is supporting the U.S. Marine Corps during Resolute Dragon 21 in Japan, Dec. 4 – 16. “The crew of USNS Puerto Rico is proud to work with the Marines of III Marine Expeditionary Force on our maiden deployment and our first port calls to Japan,” said Capt. Curtis Shelton, master…

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Japan Outlines Plans for Relocation of US Air Assets on Okinawa

We would like to inform you that the outline of the training plan for the relocation of training related to the reorganization of the US military (relocation of training for rotorcraft, tilt rotor aircraft, etc. to outside Okinawa Prefecture) is as follows. Based on the agreement of the Japan-US Joint Committee dated September 1, 2016, this training relocation is currently…

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USNS City of Bismarck Supports Marines During Koa Moana

Since July, Military Sealift command’s Spearhead-class expeditionary fast transport USNS City of Bismarck (T-EPF 9) has supported Marines taking part in Koa Moana 21 in the Republic of Palau. Koa Moana, which means “Ocean Warrior,” is designed to strengthen and enhance relationships between the United States and partner nations in the Indo-Pacific region, improve interoperability with local security establishments and…

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US Marine Corps F-35B Landing on JS Izumo Video

U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II aircraft with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 242 conducted vertical landings and take offs aboard the Japanese Ship Izumo off the coast of Japan, October 3, 2021. U.S. Marines and Sailors embarked aboard the Japanese Ship Izumo in support of the first ever F-35B Lightning II operations aboard a Japanese vessel. The U.S. and…

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FRCE Kinston Completes first UH-1N Huey Repair

Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE) artisans recently completed work on the first UH-1N “Huey” helicopter to undergo service at the depot’s facility in Kinston’s North Carolina Global TransPark. Logistical improvements brought about by the new location helped the team complete service on the aircraft more than 40 days ahead of the average turnaround times the H-1 line posted while based…

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NAVAIR Accepts 100th On-Time Delivery of the AH-1Z Viper

September 17, 2021 – The Naval Air Systems Command recognized an impressive production streak this week with the 100th on-time delivery of the AH-1Z Viper, the Marine’s attack helicopter. “Of all of the domestic AH-1Zs delivered to date, 91 percent of them have been on time,” said Col Vasilios Pappas, PMA-276 program manager. “This is a feat only possible through…

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