SLD Special Reports

Visiting 2nd Marine Air Wing, December 2020

01/11/2021I first visited 2nd MAW in 2007, at the beginning of the Osprey era. There I saw a small number of the aircraft on the tarmac and met with pilots and maintainers at the beginning of a long period of disruptive change, a period of change which delivered new capabilities, and new approaches for the USMC… Download PDF Now »
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Japan-U.S. Bilateral Exercise “Forest Light“

02/26/2021From December 7th to 18th, 2020, the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) conducted the Japan-U.S. Bilateral Exercise “Forest Light” with the U.S. Marine Corps in Sekiyama Training Area, Somagahara Training… Read more »

The FCAS “Bras de Fer”: A February 2021 Update

02/19/2021By Pierre Tran Paris – Dassault Aviation has insisted on protecting intellectual property rights over its fighter jet technology, while Airbus Defence and Space has sought full access to that… Read more »

Re-Setting the Standard for V-22 Overhaul Time: Breaking the 300-Day Mark

02/19/2021When interviewing the CO of 2nd Marine Air Wing, Major General Cederholm underscored the importance of the logs and maintenance side of his command to be “ready to fight tonight.”… Read more »

UK Defence Co-Operation with Japan

02/18/2021On February 3, 2021, the UK Ministry of Defence published an article which highlighted the coming deployment of HMS Queen Elizabeth to the Pacific and how that deployment fit into… Read more »

Light Carrier Anyone? USS America in Operation

02/18/2021USS America, the lead ship of the America Amphibious Ready Group, along with the 31st MEU, is seen in the slide show below operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area… Read more »

The UK Establishes a New Space Command and Names its First Commander

02/17/2021An article published on November 19, 2020 in the UK Defence Journal highlighted the establishment of a new UK Space Command On 18 November 2020, the UK announced its proposal… Read more »
In Briefs

Marines and USAF Joint Ops

02/22/2021Airmen with the 165th Air Support Operations Squadron (ASOS) conduct a casualty evacuation exercise with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 261 (VMM-261) at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, Georgia, Dec. 7-16.… Read more »

Fort Bliss Trainers

02/19/2021Every year, thousands of civilian contractors converge at Ft. Bliss, Texas, to undergo a rigorous training regimen that prepares them to support their military counterparts in critical missions across the… Read more »

139th AW 2020 Year in Review

02/17/2021Leadership of the 139th Airlift Wing, Missouri Air National Guard, summarize the achievements of the organization during the year of 2020, at Rosecrans Air National Guard Base, in St. Joseph,… Read more »

Joint Forcible Entry 20B

02/15/2021The 437th Airlift Squadron participated in Joint Forcible Entry 20B. The JFE is a realistic exercise that simulates air drop and air-land insertion in a hostile environment. The exercise requires… Read more »

VMM-261 Training

02/12/2021Airmen with the 165th Air Support Operations Squadron (ASOS) conduct a casualty evacuation exercise with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 261 (VMM-261) at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, Georgia, Dec. 7-16.… Read more »

Iwo Jima Training: November 2020

02/10/2021ATLANTIC OCEAN (Nov. 5, 2020) The Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group is participating in SWATT off the coast of North Carolina, to maintain readiness, proficiency and lethality. (U.S. Navy photo… Read more »

USCG Refueling at Sea

02/08/2021The Coast Guard Cutter James (WMSL-754) crew conducts a replenishment at sea with Chilean navy oiler Almirante Montt (AO 52) in the Pacific Ocean Nov. 25, 2020. The cutter James… Read more »

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Video of the Month

CH-53K First Fleet Flight: The View from New River

02/20/2021CH-53K King Stallion takes first fleet flight – Marine Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron One (VMX-1) at Marine Corps Air Station New River, NC, launch the CH-53K King Stallion on… Read more »
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