USS America Commissioning

10/13/2014
10/12/2014: The Navy's newest amphibious assault ship USS America is commissioned during San Francisco Fleet Week. This portion of the Commissioning event contains the remarks of the ship’s skipper, Captain Bob Hall.  Credit: DoD News:10/11/14 For overview pieces on the USS America: The USS America: Redefining Amphibious Assault 10/08/2014 –…

Naval Forces Exercise Land Attack Role in Valiant Shield 2014

09/25/2014
09/25/2014: The sea base is an increasingly important part of the engagement against land targets. This is true of Ospreys bringing Marines ashore and of the use of precision strike weapons.  Indeed, the Navy’s role leveraging the surface, subsurface and air-breathing assets to distribute strike across the strike fleet will…

X-47B Flight Operations

08/19/2014
08/19/2014: The Navy's unmanned X-47B conducts flight operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). The aircraft completed a series of tests demonstrating its ability to operate safely and seamlessly with manned aircraft. Credit: Navy Media Content Services:8/17/14 And from a piece published by our partner AUVSI: The…

Navy P-8 Lands on Kadena

12/05/2013
12/04/2013: According to a Japan Update story published on 12/4/13: Two of the Navy’s new P-8A Poseidon reconnaissance aircraft have arrived at Kadena Air Base. The P-8’s long-planned arrival in the western Pacific comes about a week after China unilaterally declared a broad swath of the East China Sea’s air…

The Zumwalt Leaves its Dry Dock

10/31/2013
10/30/2013: The Zumwalt-class guided-missile destroyer DDG 1000 is floated out of dry dock at the General Dynamics Bath Iron Works shipyard. The ship, the first of three Zumwalt-class destroyers, will provide independent forward presence and deterrence, support special operations forces and operate as part of joint and combined expeditionary forces.…

13th MEU Marines Call for Fire Support

08/27/2013
08/27/2013: U.S. Marines with 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conduct forward observation and call for fire during PHIBRON MEU Integrated Training June 14, 2013. PMINT is a three week long pre-deployment training event focusing on the combined Marine Expeditionary Unit and Amphibious Ready Group capabilities and…

Light Armored Reconnaissance Marines Join Navy for Amphibious Landing

07/04/2013
07/04/2013: Marines serving with Alpha Company, 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, team up with Assault Craft Unit 5, a Navy unit based out of Camp Pendleton, CA, to make an amphibious landing.  The Marines learned how to tie down their light armored vehicles onto ACU-5's landing craft air cushion, a…