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Marine Corps Boss Has Big Plans To Get Into The Business Of Hunting And Killing Submarines

General David Berger, the Commandant of the Marine Corps, recently laid out a bold vision for his service to organize and prepare itself, at least in part, for a new mission, anti-submarine warfare, as part of equally new and rapidly evolving distributed and expeditionary warfare concepts of operations. In recent years, the top Marine officer has already initiated a dramatic overhaul of his forces, including eliminating heavy armored units and their tanks, and has called for a major rethinking of how they fight, including a push to significantly reduce its reliance on traditional U.S. Navy amphibious warfare ships.

Berger explained how the future Marine Corps could also contribute to anti-submarine operations in an article published in the November 2020 edition of the U.S. Naval Institute’s magazine Proceedings. He said that this mission set was among those that Marines could carry out while conducting broader distributed and expeditionary operations as part of his service’s still relatively new Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations (EABO) concept. 

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Marine CH-53K Emerges As The Fastest, Cheapest Way To Find A Future Army Heavy Lifter

The U.S. Marine Corps has an uncanny way of seeing the future of military aviation long before it arrives.

During the 1990s, when the Pentagon was canceling programs right and left due to the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Marines kept their MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor on track despite strident opposition from defense secretary Dick Cheney. Osprey later transformed the way Marines conducted operations, becoming one of the safest and most versatile aircraft in the joint fleet.

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Marines offering big bonuses to keep certain aviators from leaving for commercial airliners

WASHINGTON ? The Marine Corps is offering some of its aviators bonuses of up to $280,000 to remain in the service as the service looks to improve pilot retention, an issue the military has struggled with in recent years.

The Marine Corps? fiscal year 2020 aviation retention bonuses target Marine captains and majors who fly certain fighter jets, tilt-rotor aircraft, cargo planes and helicopters in an effort to offer incentive to keep pilots from moving into commercial aviation. The bonuses are available for pilots of the F-35 Lightning II, the F/A-18 Hornet, the AV-8 Harrier, the MV-22 Osprey, the C-130 Hercules, the UH-1 Huey, the AH-1 Cobra and the CH-53 Stallion, said Maj. Craig Thomas, a Marine spokesman.

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Marine Corps to Fly Osprey to 2060, Prep Aircraft for Future Wars

The Marine Corps is accelerating a massive modernization and readiness overhaul of its MV-22 Osprey to upgrade sensors, add weapons, sustain the fleet and broaden the mission scope — as part of an effort to extend the life of the aircraft to 2060.
While first emerging nearly two decades ago, the Osprey tiltrotor aircraft has seen an unprecedented uptick in deployments, mission scope and operational tempo.

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Marine Corps Reactivates ?Ugly Angels? as MV-22 Squadron

Six years since its squadron of CH-53D medium-lift transport helicopters was deactivated, the ?Ugly Angels? will return to life ? this time to fly the MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor.

On Friday, the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing will activate Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 362 at Miramar Marine Corps Air Station in San Diego, Calif., wing officials announced. The squadron commander, Lt. Col. Matthew T. McSorley, an Osprey pilot, is scheduled to speak at the activation ceremony.

The activation kicks off what will become a busy year building the squadron, which joins Marine Aircraft Group 16 at Miramar. ?The squadron does not yet have all of its MV-22s or Marines, but they are on schedule to be fully equipped and manned by early 2020,? a 3rd MAW spokesman, 2nd Lt. Frederick D. Walker, told USNI News. ?At full strength, the squadron will have approximately 200 Marines and sailors.?

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