Anchorage 2018 Deployment

03/08/2019
A CH-53 Sea Stallion helicopter, attached to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 166 (Reinforced), prepares to land on the flight deck aboard the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23) while on a deployment of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU). …

USS Essex Deployment and F-35B

09/17/2018
INDIAN OCEAN (Sept. 2 2018)  An F-35B Lightning II, attached to the “Avengers” of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 211, prepares to launch from the flight deck of Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) during a regularly scheduled deployment of Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 13th Marine…

Long Range Raid Training

12/20/2015
12/20/2015: U.S. Marines with Battalion Landing Team 2/1, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), shield a simulated casualty from the debris of a U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey during Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Plams, California, Oct. 30, 2015. COMPTUEX provides the MEU ARG…

The Impact of the F-35B On the Agile Response Group: An Interview with Admiral Scott

10/30/2011
10/30/2011  Aboard the USS Wasp during F-35B sea trials, Second Line of Defense had a chance to talk with Admiral Scott, Commander of Expeditionary Strike Group Two.  The navy leadership aboard the WASP made it clear that V-22/F35B tandem was central to the future of the US Navy.  There was…

Trouble Busters: The Agile Response Group in Action

09/06/2011
09/06/2011 By Maj. General Tim Hanifen, Rear Adm. Sinclair Harris and Robert Holzer Global demand for amphibious forces outstrips resources. When a crisis erupts the first question U.S. leaders often ask is, “Where are the aircraft carriers?” This historical axiom, however, has expanded over time and now regional commanders also…

Libyan Operations: An Update from New River

08/23/2011
08/23/2011 During a recent visit to USMC Air Station New River, an update on both the Osprey and Libyan operations was provided by Marines involved in those operations. We recently interviewed Col. Mark Dessins, the 26th MEU Commander, the UNS-USMC team involved off of Libya.  At New River a senior…