‘Red Patch’ is Back As Reactivated Landing Support Battalions Rejoin Fleet Marine Forces

U.S. Marine Lt. Col. Jonathan Peterson, commanding officer, 1st Landing Support Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 1, 1st Marine Logistics Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force, and Sergeant Major Sara Lopez, sergeant major, 1st LSB, CLR-1, 1st MLG, I MEF dawn the colors for 1st LSB to signify the unit’s activation on Camp Pendleton Calif., 15 Oct. 2020. U.S. Marine Corps Photo

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – With expeditionary sea base operations and island-hopping campaigns as likely future missions,...

Navy EOD Lays Out Strategic Plan For Modernizing Domain Awareness, Force Protection Against Peer Threat

Sailors from the Royal Netherlands Navy and Royal Canadian Navy observe Sailors assigned to Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit (MDSU) 2 unmanned systems platoon deploy a Mark 18 Mod 2 unmanned underwater vehicle during an expeditionary mine countermeasures evolution as part of exercise Bold Alligator 2017 (#BA17) on Oct. 21, 2017 at Camp Lejeune, N.C. Improving Navy-Marine Corps amphibious core competencies along with coalition, NATO, Allied and partner nations is a necessary investment in the...

https://news.usni.org/2020/10/23/navy-eod-lays-out-strategic-plan-for-modernizing-domain-awareness-force-protection-against-peer-threat

Path to Install Hypersonic Weapons on Arleigh Burke Destroyers Unclear

USS Zumwalt (DDG-1000) steams in formation with USS Independence (LCS-2) and USS Bunker Hill (CG-52) on Dec. 8, 2016. US Navy Photo

The trio of 16,000-ton Zumwalt-class destroyers could replace their dormant twin 155mm Advanced Gun System mounts in the bow of the ship with a reconfigured MAC tube to field the new weapon, USNI News understands. The rounds for the AGS weapon were deemed too expensive for the Navy to procure, so now the systems are dormant on the first two ships. The cost of...

https://news.usni.org/2020/10/22/path-to-install-hypersonic-weapons-on-arleigh-burke-destroyers-unclear

Marine Corps, Navy Ready to Hone Naval Integration in 2021 Joint Force Exercise

U.S. Marines with 1st Battalion, 2d Marine Regiment, currently attached to 4th Marine Regiment, 3d Marine Division, demonstrate expeditionary advanced basing capabilities Oct. 7 to 8, 2020, as part of Exercise Noble Fury, from Okinawa to Ie Shima and across surrounding waters. U.S. Marine Corps Photo

After successfully carrying out an integrated exercise in the Indo-Pacific region, the Navy and Marine Corps are ready to take their new level of naval integration to the joint force in an exercise...

https://news.usni.org/2020/10/22/marine-corps-navy-ready-to-hone-naval-integration-in-2021-joint-force-exercise

SECNAV Braithwaite Visits Palau as U.S. Courts More Partners in the Western Pacific

USS Benfold (DD-65) is at anchor off Koror, Republic of Palau in 2012. US Navy Photo

Navy Secretary Kenneth Braithwaite visited Palau during a weeklong swing through the Pacific, making him the second high-ranking Defense Department official to visit to the small island nation in the last two months as the Second Island Chain is being eyed to play an even larger role in military plans and operations going forward.

The SECNAV visited Japan, Singapore, Guam and the Republic of Palau in his trip...

SECDEF Esper’s ‘Battle Force 2045’ Plan Still Awaiting White House Approval

Secretary of Defense Mark Esper conducts Virtual Engagement with Industry Partners at the Pentagon on Oct. 21, 2020. DoD Photo

Two weeks after Defense Secretary Mark Esper unveiled the outline for his Battle Force 2045 initiative to grow the Navy to more than 500 ships, the Trump administration has yet to give final approval.

A week before Esper’s Oct. 6 speech outlining the bullet points of the fleet proposal that would set the course of Navy shipbuilding for the next two decades, the White...

https://news.usni.org/2020/10/21/secdef-espers-battle-force-2045-plan-still-awaiting-white-house-approval

Australia to Join U.S., India, Japan for Malabar 2020 in High-End Naval Exercise of ‘The Quad’

Ships from the Indian Navy, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) and the US Navy sail in formation during Malabar 2018 on June 14, 2018. US Navy Photo

Australia will join the India-led Malabar 2020 naval exercise next month, operating along with the U.S. and Japan in an exercise meant to send a message to China.

The exercise will be a first for the so-called “Quad,” the Pacific cooperation between Japan, India, Australia and the U.S.

“As India seeks to increase cooperation with other...

https://news.usni.org/2020/10/20/australia-to-join-u-s-india-japan-for-malabar-2020-in-high-end-naval-exercise-of-the-quad

U.S., U.K. Navies Working to Achieve ‘Interchangeability’ in Carrier Forces, Collaboration on Unmanned and AI

F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 211 and the 617 Squadron sit on the flight deck aboard HMS Queen Elizabeth at sea on Oct. 6. 2020. US Marine Corps Photo

The U.S. Navy and U.S. Royal Navy are drawing closer together, going beyond making the fleets interoperable or integrated and instead aiming for interchangeability in carrier operations, undersea warfare and more, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday announced today.

Gilday, speaking in a...

https://news.usni.org/2020/10/20/u-s-u-k-navies-working-to-achieve-interchangeability-in-carrier-forces-collaboration-on-unmanned-and-ai