Avengers and the F-35B

F-35B Lighting IIs assigned to the "Avengers" of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 211 participate in a Surface Warfare Advanced Tactical Training (SWATT) exercise and Maj. Chris Brandt, F-35B pilot assigned to VMFA 211, conducts an interview on the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) in the Pacific…

1st MEB and ESG 3 Amphibious Operations

12/15/2017: U.S. Navy Sailors and Marines with 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade and Expeditionary Strike Group 3, conduct amphibious operations off the coast of San Clemente Island during Exercise Dawn Blitz, Oct. 25, 2017. Dawn Blitz participating units are 1st MEB and ESG 3, USS Essex (LHD 2), USS Rushmore (LSD 47)…

Bold Alligator 17

10/28/2017 U.S. Marines and Sailors and partner nations conduct amphibious landings at Onslow Beach during exercise Bold Alligator on Camp Lejeune, N.C., 25 October, 2017. Bold Alligator 17 is a training exercise focused on a regimental amphibious assault that allows the Navy and Marine Corps team to train with partner nations…

USS Puller: AFSB and Alligator Dagger

10/11/2017: An AH-1 Cobra helicopter and a UH-1 Huey helicopter, both assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 161 (Reinforced), land on the flight deck of the expeditionary supply base ship USS Lewis B. Puller (ESB-3) in support of Alligator Dagger 2017. Lewis B. Puller is the first afloat forward staging…

Remembering the Cactus Air Force While the Green Knights Move Out in Today’s Pacific

09/10/2017: On August 20, 1942, the first allied air units, to include 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, landed at Guadalcanal. They became known as the “Cactus Air Force,” one of the most innovative, hybrid units of WWII. By September 11th, 1,014 aviation personnel were operating on Guadalcanal. Of these, 33 were Army,…

Saxon Warrior 2017 Exercise


Saxon Warrior is an exercise designed to develop theater-specific
combat skills, as well as enhance cooperation between U.S. and U.K. forces and governmental agencies. 

Led by the Royal Navy's Flag Officer Sea Training (FOST), Saxon Warrior '17 presents a myriad of challenges to the multinational and multi-platform force by creating…

Working the Challenge of Software for a 21st Century Combat Force

2017-07-19  San Diego, CA Mr. Ritesh Patel discusses the new approach to developing, testing, integrating and deploying software systems for the Navy while working at Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific (SSC Pacific). SSC Pacific is accelerating warfighter advantage through science, engineering and discovery. SAN DIEGO, CA, UNITED STATES 07.05.2017…

Australian Amphibious Ships Face Propulsion Challenge

05/21/2017: According to several sources, Australia’s largest warships have experienced a propulsion system problem at sea and the Navy and its contractors are working to fix the problem. Australian naval engineers are investigating the problems in the propulsion systems of two Spanish-built warships. The Royal Australian Navy’s US$1.5 billion worth HMAS…