Marines, Navy Crafting Long-Term Fixes for Amphibious Warship Shortages

The sun rises over the USS Wasp (LHD-1) while underway in the Atlantic Ocean, April 12, 2024. US Marine Corps

WASHINGTON, D.C. – While the long-term future for the amphibious fleet is secured with a Navy commitment to 31 amphibious warships in the Fiscal Year 2025 budget, the short-term problem of getting Marines to sea is less settled.
Maintenance issues with the Navy’s aging Wasp-class big-deck amphibious warships and Whidbey Island-class dock landing ships have abbreviated Marine...

Marines, Navy Crafting Long-Term Fixes for Amphibious Warship Shortages

The sun rises over the USS Wasp (LHD-1) while underway in the Atlantic Ocean, April 12, 2024. US Marine Corps

WASHINGTON, D.C. – While the long-term future for the amphibious fleet is secured with a Navy commitment to 31 amphibious warships in the Fiscal Year 2025 budget, the short-term problem of getting Marines to sea is less settled.
Maintenance issues with the Navy’s aging Wasp-class big-deck amphibious warships and Whidbey Island-class dock landing ships have abbreviated Marine...

30 Sailors, Marines Injured in LCAC ‘Incident’ During Wasp ARG, 24th MEU Training Off Florida

USS Wasp (LHD-1), with the embarked 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), is underway in the Atlantic Ocean during Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), on April 21, 2024. US Marine Corps Photo

An “incident” off Florida on Wednesday evening involving two Navy air-cushioned landing craft, or LCACs, left 30 sailors and Marines with injuries, including five treated at a Georgia hospital, the Navy announced late Thursday.

The service began its investigation into the mishap, which happened off...

https://news.usni.org/2024/05/02/30-sailors-marines-injured-in-lcac-incident-during-wasp-arg-24th-meu-training-off-florida

SECNAV Del Toro Names Next Big Deck Amphib USS Helmand Province

Bougainville (LHA-8) at Ingalls Shipbuilding launched on Sept. 30, 2023. USNI News Photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. ­– Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro has named the next America-class big deck amphibious warship after the Helmand province campaign in Afghanistan.
“In keeping with naval tradition of naming our Navy’s amphibious assault ships after U.S. Marine Corps battles,” he said during a keynote at the Modern Day Marine conference on Thursday.
“I am honored to announce today that the future...

https://news.usni.org/2024/05/02/secnav-del-toro-names-next-big-deck-amphib-uss-helmand-province

Navy Elects to Fix USS Boxer Rudder with Divers, Repair Could Take 2 Months

Amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD-4) steams in the Pacific Ocean, April 4, 2024. US Navy Photo

Divers will attempt to repair the big deck amphibious warship USS Boxer (LHD-4) in the water while the ship is pierside at Naval Station San Diego, Calif., USNI News has learned.

The effort will focus on repairs to the starboard rudder and the bearing that failed following Boxer’s departure for deployment on April 1, Navy officials told USNI News.

“The issue is the ship’s starboard rudder and roller...

https://news.usni.org/2024/04/30/navy-elects-to-fix-uss-boxer-rudder-with-divers-could-take-2-months

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: April 29, 2024

USNI News Graphic

These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of April 29, 2024, based on Navy and public data. In cases where a CSG or ARG is conducting disaggregated operations, the chart reflects the location of the capital ship.

Ships Underway

Total Battle Force DeployedUnderway
295
(USS 235, USNS 60)
95
(USS 65, USNS 30)
63
(44 Deployed, 26 Local)

In Japan

Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Aircraft...

https://news.usni.org/2024/04/29/usni-news-fleet-and-marine-tracker-april-29-2024

Defense Heads of Japan, Australia, U.S. and Philippines to Meet in Hawaii; Carrier Roosevelt Makes Port Call in Thailand

USS Mobile, JS Akebono, HMAS Warramunga, BRP Antonio Luna and BRP Valentine Diaz sail in formation during a multilateral maritime cooperative activity between Australia, the United States, Japan and the Philippines off the coast within the Philippines Exclusive Economic Zone on April 7, 2024. Royal Australian Navy Photo

The defense chiefs of Australia, Japan, the Philippines and the United States will meet in Hawaii to discuss the regional security situation and strengthening collaboration,...

https://news.usni.org/2024/04/26/defense-heads-of-japan-australia-u-s-and-philippines-to-meet-in-hawaii-carrier-roosevelt-makes-port-call-in-thailand

U.S. Marine Dies in Parachute Accident at Camp Lejeune

Sgt. Colin Arslanbas

A U.S. Marine died during a parachute accident at Camp Lejeune last week, the Marine Corps said Thursday.
“II MEF can confirm that Sgt. Colin Arslanbas was involved in a parachute mishap during the 24th MEU’s Composite Unit Training Exercise,” a spokesperson for II MEF told USNI News in an email.

Military.com first reported that Arslanbas died in a parachute accident. The service announced Arslanbas’ death last week.

Arslanbas died April 18th while the 24th Marine...

https://news.usni.org/2024/04/25/u-s-marine-dies-in-parachute-accident-at-camp-lejeune

SECNAV Del Toro Previews Major Amphibious Warship Buy

USS Fort Lauderdale (LPD-28) during sea trials on Oct. 21, 2021. HII Photo

Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro said he expects “a major announcement” in the next few weeks on a new multi-year procurement agreement to build three San Antonio-class amphibious warships and an America-class big deck amphibious warship at HII’s Ingalls Shipbuilding in Mississippi.

The Navy has been negotiating “as low a price as possible” for the ships that the sea services view as essential to future expeditionary...

https://news.usni.org/2024/04/23/secnav-del-toro-previews-major-amphibious-warship-buy

Marines Identify 3 Killed in MV-22 Crash off Australian Coast

(left to right) Maj. Tobin Lewis, 37, Capt. Eleanor LeBeau, 29, Cpl. Spencer Collart, 21

THE PENTAGON – The Marines identified the three service members who were killed in the Sunday crash of an MV-22B off the coast Darwin, Australia.

The Marines were Cpl. Spencer Collart, 21, Capt. Eleanor LeBeau, 29, and Maj. Tobin Lewis, 37. All three Marines were assigned to “the Red Lions” of Marine Medium Tiltrotor (VMM) Squadron that were forward deployed to Marine Rotational Force – Darwin.

Collart, who...

https://news.usni.org/2023/08/28/marines-identify-3-killed-in-mv-22-crash-off-australian-coast

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