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. 


Marine Corps stands up a second F-35B squadron at MCAS Iwakuni in Japan

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION IWAKUNI, Japan — When the Marines take their next delivery of F-35B Lightning II stealth fighters, they’ll have a home waiting for them here.

The Marine Corps on Oct. 16 redesignated an existing unit at MCAS Iwakuni as Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 242, the second Marine squadron overseas to field the F-35B, according to a press release Friday from Marine Aircraft Group 12.

The first was Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121, which arrived at MCAS Iwakuni in January 2017.


The United States Marine Corps Bids Farewell To The AH-1W Super Cobra Helicopter

The iconic USMC attack helicopter is replaced by the upgraded AH-1Z Viper after 34 years of service and almost one million flight hours.

The United States Marine Corps retired the AH-1W Super Cobra with an official final flight by the New Orleans-based “Red Dogs” of Detachment A – Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 773 on October 14, 2020 during the “Whiskey Sundown Ceremony”. The name of the ceremony comes from the unofficial name of the helicopter, “Whiskey Cobra”, after the NATO phonetic alphabet pronunciation of the “W” in the helicopter’s mission design series nomenclature.

The iconic Super Cobra, descendant of the Vietnam era AH-1 Cobra, flew for the first time in 1983 as AH-1T+ and was introduced into service three years later. Since then, the fleet of 179 helicopters served the USMC for 34 years and flew for 933’614 hours, as of August 2020, taking part to multiple combat operations as Operation Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, Restore Hope, Deny Flight (notably providing support during the rescue of the USAF F-16 pilot Capt. Scott O’Grady) and more recently over Libya against ISIS.


Marines Placing Small UAVs into Ground Combat Element, As Aviators Still Refining Large UAS Requirement

While the Marine Corps is still charting its path forward for large drones, the service is moving smaller unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) into its ground combat units.

Speaking over the weekend at a panel during the Tailhook Association’s virtual symposium, Deputy Commandant of the Marine Corps for Aviation Lt. Gen. Mark Wise said the service still plans to have the larger Group 5 UAV capabilities housed in the aviation combat element and to send the smaller UAVs to the ground community to directly support their missions.


The Marine Corps will pay pilots up to $210,000 to remain in uniform

Fixed-wing pilots seem to be in the highest demand: Flyers in those categories with less than 12 years of service can get $210,000 if they sign up for an additional six years of service, or receive $100,000 for an additional four.

Pilots of the Osprey, a tiltrotor aircraft capable of vertical takeoff and landing, can get up to $125,000, while pilots of traditional helicopters, such as the Huey, Cobra, or Sea Stallion, can receive up to $75,000.


The tiltrotor revolution: MV-22B Osprey

After many years in development, a couple of cancellation attempts and some difficult times, the Bell Boeing MV-22B Osprey assault tiltrotor has now earned its place in U.S. Marine Corps Aviation with more than a decade of revolutionary service, and undoubtedly more to come.