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Navy, Marines agree to integrated plan for southern commands

Navy, Marines agree to integrated plan for southern commands

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Nov. 6 (UPI) -- U.S. Navy and Marine Corps commanders signed a plan codifying areas of responsibility to strengthen partnerships in the U.S. Southern Command. The Integrated Maritime Campaign Support Plan, a document regularly updated and modified, spells out strategies to better coordinate the 4th Fleet's Southern Command and Marine Corps Forces South. Advertisement Each command focuses on Central and South American waters. "We have competitors who seek to replace our influence in the maritime domain with an alternative form of partnership in the USSOUTHCOM AOR [the Southern Command's area of responsibility]," said Maj. Jon Wilkins, the Marine Corps' lead planner. "This plan acknowledges the nature of this competition, and seeks to maintain a continuous competitive advantage in the mari...
Marines’ maintenance unit deploys to Okinawa

Marines’ maintenance unit deploys to Okinawa

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Nov. 6 (UPI) -- U.S. Marines at Camp Kinser at Okinawa, Japan, are performing specialized checks of 3rd Maintenance Battalion equipment, a statement on Friday said. The battalion's 3rd Marine Logistics Group, an element of the Marine Depot Maintenance Command, left its home base at Logistics Base Albany, Ga., in October and was deployed to Okinawa to conduct calibration tests in support of the Fleet Marine Force. Advertisement It is now the forward-deployed combat unit offering service support for the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force, known as III MEF, and operating in the Indo-Pacific area of responsibility. "Marine Fleet calibration facilities do not possess all the required specialized calibration equipment, space or power required to support all general-purpose mechanical test equipment...
Marines form new F-35B Fighter Attack Squadron in Japan

Marines form new F-35B Fighter Attack Squadron in Japan

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Oct. 23 (UPI) -- The U.S. Marine Corps at Iwakuni, Japan, announced formation of a new attack squadron on Friday in anticipation of the arrival of F-35B fighter planes. Marine Aircraft Group 12 re-designated Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 242 to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 242, or VMFA-242. The change is part of the Marine Corps' ongoing transition process from F/A-18 Hornet fighter planes to the more-advanced F-35B Lightning II. Advertisement It will be the second overseas Marine squadron, a 1st Marine Aircraft Wing statement on Friday said. The first squadron, also at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, was established in 2017. VMFA-242 was ceremonially dedicated last week, and included a change of command, as Lt. Col. Andrew Kelemen was succeeded by Lt. Col. Michael Wyrsch...
Military leaders mark end of U.S. Marines engagment in Uganda

Military leaders mark end of U.S. Marines engagment in Uganda

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Sept. 17 (UPI) -- American and Ugandan military leaders held a virtual ceremony this week marking the end of a U.S. Marine engagement with Uganda as part of that nation's six-year participation in the African Peacekeeping Rapid Response Partnership. Major Gen. Stephen M. Neary, commander of U.S. Marine Corps Forces Europe and Africa spoke by video teleconference with Brig. Gen. Peter Omola, the Uganda Rapid Deployment Capability Center Commandant and his soldiers. Advertisement While the overall APRRP effort is not ending, the event marked the end of a current U.S. Marine Corps engagement in Uganda. The State Department is currently working to program new funds for the next stage of work there, officials told UPI. The APRRP, implemented by the Department of Defense, is run by the U.S. Sta...
L3Harris nabs $383.2M to provide man pack radio systems for Marines

L3Harris nabs $383.2M to provide man pack radio systems for Marines

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March 10 (UPI) -- L3 Harris Technologies was awarded a $ 383.2 million Navy contract for the purchase of radio systems for the U.S. Marine Corps, according to the Department of Defense. Under the contract, the Navy will purchase L3 Harris high frequency radio systems with National Security Agency certified Type 1 encryption, radio ancillaries, provisioning kits and required documentation and training. Included in the purchase are: L3 Harris portable HF receiver transmitters (RF-300H-MP man pack systems); vehicle-based HF systems (based around a RF-300H-MP); transit case HF systems (based around a RF-300H-MP); and their components. L3 launched the RF-300H man pack radio system in 2017 to improve high-frequency tactical communications by transmitting high-level security images, maps and ot...