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F-35Bs get first operational deployment with Marine Expeditionary Unit

F-35Bs get first operational deployment with Marine Expeditionary Unit

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March 7 (UPI) -- The U.S. military sent F-35B Lightning II aircraft this week to the East China Sea for the fighter's first operational deployment with a Marine Expeditionary Unit.A detachment of the aircraft deployed with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit landed Monday on the USS Wasp, an amphibious assault ship, according to the U.S. Marines. The expeditionary unit will patrol the Indo-Pacific region this spring.The F-35B aircraft, first deployed abroad to Japan, combines the ability for short takeoffs and vertical landings built specifically for the Marines. The aircraft is one of three variants of the fifth generation F-35 designed for the U.S. military.The F-35B's short takeoff and vertical landing capabilities mean it can land on amphibious assault ships, which include the USS Wasp....
Former U.S. Marine admits attack, says he didn't mean to kill Japanese woman

Former U.S. Marine admits attack, says he didn't mean to kill Japanese woman

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Nov. 16 (UPI) -- Former U.S. Marine Kenneth Franklin Shinzato on Thursday said he attacked and tried to rape a 20-year-old Japanese woman in Okinawa prefecture but did not intend to kill her.He made the admission on the first day of his murder and rape trial in Naha District Court.Shinzato said he planned to knock out Rina Shimabukuro, 20, on April 28, 2016, with a stick and then rape her after he saw her walking in Uruma. He said he panicked when she didn't completely lose consciousness so he took her to a nearby grass field. She was found strangled and stabbed several times, prosecutors said.Prosecutors said Shimabukuro's death was premeditated, though, because Shinzato took with him a large suitcase to dispose of her body. After her death, he allegedly put her in the suitcase, took it t...
SAIC contract for upgraded Marine vehicles advances

SAIC contract for upgraded Marine vehicles advances

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Sept. 20 (UPI) -- The U.S. Marine Corps has ushered SAIC's survivability upgrade for the corps' assault amphibious vehicle into the program's production and deployment phase.The decision requires SAIC to deliver 25 vehicles to the Marines over a two-year period. It was also accompanied by a low-rate initial production option for additional survivable upgrade vehicles, the Virginia-based company said in a news release Tuesday."SAIC is pleased to be moving into the LRIP phase for the AAV SU program and to begin delivering these important survivability and mobility enhancements out into the fleet and into the hands of our Marines," said Tom Watson, SAIC senior vice president and general manager of the Navy and Marine Corps Customer Group.SAIC had already delivered 10 prototype survivability u...
Granite, Obayashi preparing new Marine base on Guam

Granite, Obayashi preparing new Marine base on Guam

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Sept. 1 (UPI) -- A joint venture team of Granite Construction and Obayashi Corporation has won a $ 165 million military infrastructure contract for Guam.The award, announced by Granite this week, was issued by the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Pacific for the Finegayan Utilities and Site Improvements Phase I project in Finegayan, Guam.The project is for the preparation of a 400-acre site for future construction of operational, administrative and bachelor housing structures for a new Marine Corps base.The team will demolish existing structures on the site, relocate and add new utilities, roads and other infrastructure, including fencing, sidewalks and signage.Clearing the site of unexploded ordnance and munitions is also part of the contract.The new Marine base is located on the Nava...
Marine Corps to ground all aircraft after recent deadly incidents

Marine Corps to ground all aircraft after recent deadly incidents

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Aug. 11 (UPI) -- The U.S. Marine Corps announced today that it will undergo a 24-hour stand down of all its aircraft within the next two weeks in response to several incidents as part of an operational reset.Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Neller has ordered the pause so aviation units can review safety regulations."The intent is for flying squadrons to review selected incidents which occurred enterprise-wide and study historical examples of completed investigations in order to bring awareness and best practices to the fleet," the Marine Corps said in a press release.The Marine Corps says that active operations will not be affected, and that commanders will have discretion over when to do the pause over the next two weeks.The aim is for commanders and flying squadrons to review selecte...