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III Marine Expeditionary Force And U.s. 7th Fleet Complete Integrated Training For MEFEX

OKINAWA, Japan -- by Sgt. Averi Coppa III

III Marine Expeditionary Force Exercise 21, a joint exercise that further enhanced the Navy-Marine Corps team’s ability to respond to crises or contingencies, concluded February 12.

DATE: February 21, 2021

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U.S. Marines With 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion sit in an MV-22 Osprey and prepare for helicopter rope suspension techniques training on Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Leo Amaro.

Sen. Mazie Hirono appointed chair of key Navy and Marine Corps subcommittee

Honolulu Advertiser -  by William Cole

U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono has been appointed chair of the key Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower, which provides oversight of most U.S. Navy and Marine Corps programs.

DATE: February 19, 2021

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Quad vows to work with ASEAN and Europe in first Biden-era meeting

From NIKKEI Asia - by  Masaya Kato and Ken Moriyasu

Foreign ministers commit to free and open Indo-Pacific with eye on China

TOKYO/NEW YORK -- Four weeks after the inauguration of U.S. President Joe Biden, the top diplomats of the U.S., Japan, Australia and India met by phone Thursday for the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, or Quad, signaling that the grouping of like-minded democracies will remain a crucial policymaking platform for the Indo-Pacific region.

DATE: February 19, 2021

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Navy, Lawmaker Split Over Timeline to Renovate Public Repair Yards

USNI News - by Mallory Shelbourne and Megan Eckstein

The Navy faces a conundrum in renovating its centuries-old public shipyards.

On one hand, the sooner the yards are redesigned with more efficient layouts and overhauled to have the latest tools and machines, the sooner yard employees can start repairing submarines and aircraft carriers at a faster pace and dig out of the maintenance backlog that plagued the sea service throughout the last decade.

DATE: February 15, 2021

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Why a Crisis in the Pacific islands Matters for Washington and Beijing

From The Hill - by Alexander B. Gray

Last week, five Pacific islands countries withdrew from the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF), the region’s premier multilateral organization. Collectively comprising the sub-region of Micronesia, the countries of Palau, the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, and Nauru announced their intent to leave the PIF, citing the organization’s failure to adequately represent the Micronesian states in the PIF’s top leadership role.

DATE: February 16, 2021

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Task Force Looks to Prioritize, Synchronize DOD Response to China

US NAVY NEWS - From Jim Garamone

DOD's China Task Force will examine all the DOD activities relating to what Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III calls America's "pacing challenge" to ensure they are synchronized, prioritized and coordinated to the greatest extent possible, the leader of the review told Pentagon reporters today.

DATE: February 14, 2021

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Early Experiments are Proving Out Tank-Free Marine Corps Concept

USNI News - Megan Eckstein

Ongoing testing and experimentation are proving the Marine Corps can be more lethal even while being lighter and more maneuverable, as the service evolves to support littoral operations under its Force Design 2030 plan, a top general said today.

DATE: February 11, 2021

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Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group Operates with Nimitz Carrier Strike Group

The ships and aircraft of the two strike groups coordinated operations in a highly trafficked area to demonstrate the U.S. Navy's ability to operate in challenging environments. As a part of dual-carrier operations, the strike groups conducted a multitude of exercises aimed at increasing interoperability between assets as well as command and control capabilities.

DATE: February 9, 2021

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Marines Considering 3 Littoral Regiments for the Indo-Pacific

USNI News - Mallory Shelbourne

As the Marine Corps reorganizes to prepare for a potential conflict with China, the service is considering three new Marine Littoral Regiments for its campaign of land warfare in the Indo-Pacific. The service is shedding its heavier equipment so it can operate between expeditionary bases on islands in the Pacific to support the fleet.

DATE: February 8, 2021

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U.S. Aero India Delegation Commits to Strengthened U.S.-India Partnership

U.S. Embassy & Consulates in India | Feb. 2, 2021

BENGALURU, India -- The United States is committed to strengthening its partnership with India and deepening military-to-military relationships and cooperation. The full spectrum of the high-level U.S. delegation to Aero India 2021 with over 100 delegates reaffirms our commitment to the U.S.-India defense and security partnership in the Indo-Pacific region.

DATE: February 2, 2021

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Photo Caption: (L-R) Ms. Kelli L. Seybolt, Deputy Undersecretary of the Air Force, International Affairs, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Don Heflin, and Lieutenant General David A. Krumm, 11th Air Force Commander at the press conference organized by the U.S. Consulate General Chennai in Bengaluru on Tuesday, February 2, 2021.

Maritime Administration Announces Notice of Funding Opportunity for America's Small Shipyard Grant Program

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced the availability of $19.6 million in Federal funding to U.S. small shipyards through the Small Shipyard Grant Program. These investments support efficiency improvements and modernizations that allow U.S. shipyards to compete more effectively in the global marketplace. 

DATE: February 1, 2021

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Biden Administration Wants to Expand Pacific ‘Quad’ Relationship, National Security Advisor Sullivan Says

USNI NEWS -  John Grady

Transforming a loose network of U.S. allies in the Pacific into something more than an informal security relationship between four Indo-Pacific democracies is a goal for the Biden administration, its new national security advisor said Friday.

DATE: January 29, 2021

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U.S. Navy, Partner Nation Navies Conclude Submarine-Tracking Exercise

From Petty Officer 1st Class Glenn Slaughter

The U.S. Navy and several maritime partner nations successfully completed operations for the multilateral exercise Sea Dragon 2021 in Guam on Jan. 27.

For two weeks, over 190 personnel from five nations conducted over 250 hours of ground and classroom training, culminating in high-level exercises to track a real-world U.S. Navy submarine.

DATE: January 28, 2021

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China Flies Warplanes Near Taiwan in Show of Force, Prompting U.S. Warning

The sorties come in President Biden’s first week in office, a likely warning from Beijing to the new administration over its support for the island.

DATE: January 24, 2021

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Photo: Taiwan Ministry Of Defense/EPA/Shutterstock

Marine Corps to Stand Up First Marine Littoral Regiment in FY 2022


USNI News  -  The Marine Corps plans to officially form the new unit designed to execute its island-hopping strategy in the Indo-Pacific next fiscal year, according to a service spokesman.

Marine Corps Commandant Gen. David Berger has laid out a vision for focusing on small maneuvering units instead of a large forcible entry force to fight a peer competitor like China in the Indo-Pacific in 2030.

DATE: January 21, 2021

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Chinese Survey Ship Caught ‘Running Dark’ Give Clues to Underwater Drone Operations

USNI News - A Chinese government survey ship was intercepted “running dark” without broadcasting its position via AIS (Automated Information System by Indonesian officials. The incident is latest twist in an ongoing maritime saga which has also seen Chinese uncrewed underwater vehicles (UUVs) found in Indonesia’s territorial waters.

DATE: January 18, 2021

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The Xiang Yang Hong 03 was spotted during operations to recover the crashed Sriwijaya Air jet. (Twitter pic/Ryan Martinson)

Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group Conducts Bilateral Exercise with Japan Maritime Self-Defense Group

The exercise, which focused on increasing combat readiness and warfighting excellence, included USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), USS Bunker Hill (CG 52), USS John Finn (DDG 113), JS Kongo (DDG 173), and JS Asahi (DD 119).

DATE: January 17, 2021

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Coast Guard, Partners Suspend Search for Missing Mariners off Midway Island

HONOLULU — The Coast Guard has suspended the active search Wednesday for the 10 crewmembers of the Taiwan fishing vessel, Yong-Yu-Sing No. 18, who went missing approximately 550-miles northeast of Midway Island.

DATE: Jauary 12, 2021

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Navy’s Priciest Carrier Ever Struggles To Get Jets On, Off Deck

Bloomberg News  -  Anthony Coapaccio

Aircraft takeoff and landing systems on the USS Gerald R. Ford remain unreliable and break down too often more than three years after the $13.2 billion carrier was delivered, according to the Pentagon’s top tester.

DATE: January 10, 2020

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Update 1: Coast Guard, Partners Search for Missing Mariners off Midway Island

HONOLULU — The Coast Guard, Navy, and good Samaritans in coordination with Rescue Coordination Center Taipei continue the search for the 10 crewmembers of the Yong-Yu-Sing No. 18 550-miles northeast of Midway Island, Friday.

DATE: January 9, 2021

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Wounded Warrior Ohana Hosts Holiday Drive-Through Celebration for Wounded Warriors and Their Families

On Sunday, January 3, 2021 Hawaii non-profit Wounded Warrior Ohana welcomed 160 wounded warriors and their families in a drive-through gala with gifts, dinner certificates, gift cards, Christmas stockings, costumed characters and live music. 

DATE: January 3, 2021

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Pentagon: Carrier USS Nimitz Will Stay in Middle East After Threats from Iran

USNI News. -  Sam LaGrone

Aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) and its strike group will remain in the Middle East in the wake of threats from officials in the Iranian government on the one-year anniversary of the U.S. killing of Iranian military leader Qasem Soleimani, the Pentagon announced late Sunday.

DATE: January 2021

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U.S Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star Reaches Record-breaking Winter Arctic Latitude

USCG News Release

CHUKCHI SEA — The crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star (WAGB 10), the nation's sole heavy icebreaker, traversed a historic winter latitude Friday during a months-long Arctic deployment to protect the nation's maritime sovereignty and security throughout the remote polar region.

DATE: December 30, 2020

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Chinese Navy Expanding Bases Near South China Sea

From USNI News. -  H I Sutton

The Chinese Navy, formally known as the PLAN (People’s Liberation Army Navy), conducted a live-fire exercise several days ago over the South China Sea utilizing a newly expanded naval base.

DATE: December 29, 2020

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Republic of Palau coordinates with U.S Coast Guard, Partners to Detain Illegal Fishing Vessel off Palau

SANTA RITA, Guam - The crew of the Palau Division of Marine Law Enforcement patrol boat PSS President HI Remeliik II coordinated with the Coast Guard to apprehend a suspected illegal fishing vessel off Helen Reef on December 10th. 

DATE: December 23, 2020

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The PSS President Hi.I Remeliik II is a 39.5 metre Guardian Class

Patrol Boat, designed and constructed by Austal Australia. (Photo: Austal)

USS John S. McCain Conducts Freedom of Navigation Operation in South China Sea

The United States challenges excessive maritime claims around the world regardless of the identity of the claimant. The international law of the sea as reflected in the 1982 Law of the Sea Convention provides for certain rights and freedoms and other lawful uses of the sea to all nations. The international community has an enduring role in preserving the freedom of the seas, which is critical to global security, stability, and prosperity.

DATE: December 22, 2020

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U.S., Singapore Militaries Join for Bilateral Amphibious Training during CARAT Exercise

U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and Republic of Singapore Navy partnered in the 26th annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) maritime exercise, in international water of the South China Sea and on Changi Naval Base, Singapore, Dec. 9-14.

DATE:  December 16, 2020

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New Zealand, U.S. Navies Operate Together in the Eastern Pacific

Anzac-class frigate HMNZS Te Kaha (F77) and Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) conducted combined operations in the eastern Pacific, Dec. 8 through Dec. 9.

DATE: December 12, 2020

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The Coast Guard Cutter Juniper Has a New Homeport in Hawaii 

HONOLULU — The Coast Guard Cutter Juniper (WLB-201) has made it to Oahu Saturday morning following a twelve-month Major Maintenance Availability mission in Baltimore.

The crew traveled 7,000 miles on the 225-foot buoy tender over the course of 30 days to reach Oahu.

DATE: December 10, 2020

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Chinese reports accuse the U.S. of “muscle-flexing” after an American amphibious ready group quietly deployed to the South China Sea earlier this week. USS Makin Island (LHD-8) and USS Somerset (LPD-25) entered the South China Sea on Sunday, according to Chinese state press reports, a Beijing-backed think tank that monitors U.S. military movements in the South China Sea, and publicly available satellite imagery.

DATE: December 9, 2020

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Watch the Ceremony - Video on the Left Courtesy of DVIDS

This year's Pearl Harbor Day Commemoration's theme, Above and Beyond the Call, represents a milestone of its own, as the first December 7 commemoration to follow the nationwide commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII. This year’s ceremony will focus on Battlefield O`ahu. Though the Japanese Empire focused on the destruction of the Pacific Fleet in Pearl Harbor, the attack encompassed the entire island with assaults on Army and Marine aviation bases as well as civilian facilities.


Seabees and Marines power III MEF and MCIPAC

OKINAWA, Japan --Cpl. Karis Mattingly Marine Corps Installations Pacific

Day in and day out U.S. Navy Seabees work to fulfill their motto “We build, we fight, we do”, training General Facility Marines in a joint-effort to help protect and maintain III Marine Expeditionary Force and Marine Corps Installation Pacific facilities.

DATE: December 4, 2020

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3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Advances Air Superiority With F-35C

a time characterized by rapidly evolving tactics and modernized equipment, the Marine Corps has taken the next step in maintaining air superiority as Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 314 declares their initial operational capability (IOC) for the F-35C Lightning II.

DATE: December 2, 2020

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Why The Navy Is Becoming A Powerful Force For Clean Energy

Honolulu Civil Beat - by Kevin Knodell

As the Navy looks to the future of its operations in the Pacific, it’s increasingly exploring renewable energy and other new technologies to get the job done. That gives it something in common with Hawaii.

DATE: December 1, 2020

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Column: Call a Fellow Veteran Who Needs Help — It Could Save a Life

Honolulu Star Advertiser - by Frank Larkin

All of Hawaii’s people should be concerned about the well-being of the state’s military veterans in this troubling time. The state has among the nation’s highest concentrations of veterans at the same time the U.S. is experiencing a dangerously high level of veteran suicides, and the grinding pandemic is increasing isolation and stressors.

DATE: November 30, 2020

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Photo from Psychology Today

New Navy CMV-22B Makes First Carrier Landing

USNI News - Sam LaGrone

The Navy’s next carrier onboard delivery vehicle touched down on an aircraft carrier for the first time last week, the service announced.

DATE:  November 29, 2020

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Uncase the colors: 1st Network Battalion is Born

24 Nov 2020 | Courtesy Story Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton

Traditionally, military services hold ceremonies for units being activated, deactivated or changing commanders. The continuation of these ceremonies are passed on to future generations of service members to honor those who served the unit.

DATE: November 24, 2020

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China Vows Response Following U.S. Admiral’s Trip to Taiwan

From USNI News - Mallory Shelbourne

China’s foreign ministry says it’s planning a response in protest of a U.S. Navy admiral’s reported trip to Taiwan.

“The Chinese side will, according to how the situation develops, make a legitimate and necessary response,” said Zhao Lijian, the spokesman for China’s foreign ministry, as reported by Reuters.

DATE: November 23, 2020

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Barry Returns to the South China Sea

After conducting their fourth routine transit through the Taiwan Strait this year, Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Barry (DDG 52) returned to South China Sea to conduct maritime security operations and promote peace and stability in the region.

DATE: November 22, 2020

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Congratulations to the Navy League Honolulu Sea Service Award recipients!

Due to COVID restrictions, this year Navy League Honolulu produced a video to celebrate the  recipients of these presigious awards and are sharing it here (on the left).

Under normal circumstances recipients would be honored at a luncheon, but we can still celebrate our outstanding service members and their achievements.

Special mahalo to Navy Region Hawaii and Mel Gonzalvo for their partnership in producing this event.

MDA, Navy Down ICBM with Destroyer-Launched Missile Interceptor

USNI News  -  Sam LaGrone

The Navy and the Missile Defense Agency proved that an Aegis ballistic missile defense ship could effectively take down an intercontinental ballistic missile and serve as a backup to a ground-based homeland defense interceptor, the MDA announced on Tuesday.

DATE: November 17, 2020

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USS Ronald Reagan Returns to Yokosuka

Ronald Reagan transited nearly 60,000 miles as embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 flew more than 20,000 flight hours during a deployment that included exercises and operations with allies and partners across the region.

DATE: November 14, 2020

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On November 10, 2020, the United States Marine Corps celebrates its 245th birthday.

In his birthday message, General Berger noted that in addition to marking the 245th birthday of the Marine Corps, 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of World War II battles like Iwo Jima and Okinawa, in Japan, the 75th anniversary of Inchon and the Chosin Reservoir during the Korean War, and the 55th anniversary of Marines arriving in Da Nang, Vietnam.

Read the Commandant's message here...

View the video on the left.

USS Halsey Returns Home from Deployment

The guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97) returned to its homeport, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Oct. 29, following a seven-month deployment to the U.S. 4th Fleet and U.S. 7th Fleet area of operation.

DATE: October 30, 2020

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