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  • #16
    how long are the deployments of Marines in Norway? 6months or 1 year?

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    • #17
      Marines usually deploy for 6-7 months to most places. It is unusual to be somewhere for upwards of a year at the battalion level.

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      • #18
        Four U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Ospreys Have Crossed the Pacific for the First Time.

        https://theaviationist.com/2017/05/0...ific-crossing/

        A flight of four U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey tilt rotor aircraft has completed a historic first ever long-range flight across the Pacific Ocean between Hawaii and Royal Australian Air Force Base Darwin.

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        • #19
          USMC’s CH-53K aircraft completes first extended cross-country flight test

          http://www.naval-technology.com/news...-river-5863399

          The CH-53K aircraft has been designed to replace the CH-53E Super Stallion, and offers three times more heavy-lift capability than its predecessor model.





          More details of the CH53K.

          http://news.lockheedmartin.com/2017-...al-Air-Station
          Last edited by merkwurdig; 07-07-2017, 07:37 AM.

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          • #20
            Marines want 50,000 more Infantry Automatic Rifles to replace M4

            https://www.marinecorpstimes.com/new...to-replace-m4/

            Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Neller said earlier this year that he wants the rifle in the hands of every “0311” rifleman in the Corps. Marines began fielding 4,000 M27 IARs in 2010 to replace the M249 squad automatic weapons.

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            • #21
              NAVAIR Awards Sikorsky $304M For First 2 CH-53K Heavy-Lift Helos

              https://news.usni.org/2017/08/31/nav...avy-lift-helos

              The Pentagon formally approved the heavy-lift helo to enter low-rate initial production on April 4, after the Marines put the first four CH-53K engineering and development models through a rigorous test program that included lifting a required 27,000 pounds externallyand flying 110 nautical miles, among other requirements.

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              • #22
                I knew the army has started fielding CG M3's but didn't know the marines are getting them as well. But good for them.. a true battle winner!

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by The Dane View Post
                  I knew the army has started fielding CG M3's but didn't know the marines are getting them as well. But good for them.. a true battle winner!
                  Our SMAWS are ducking ancient and honestly falling apart. Plus simplifying the supply/logistics chain is always a good thing.

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                  • #24
                    Nope, not 'watering' down anything here, thank you.

                    https://www.marinecorpstimes.com/new...ntry-officers/

                    In a slight change to the grueling initial stage of the 13-week Infantry Officer Course, Marines will no longer be required to pass the Combat Endurance Test to move on. The Corps has come under criticism for what some have claimed to be unnecessarily high standards to graduate from the course. To date, only one unnamed female Marine has successfully completed the entire course.

                    But Marine officials at Training Command contend the changes are not an effort to water down standards.

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                    • #25
                      That was to be expected, the drop out rate is even high for male counterparts. So the M-27 will be replacing the M-4. Wasn't the M-27 IAR suppose to replace the M-249 SAW's in Marine stock?

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by haze99 View Post
                        Nope, not 'watering' down anything here, thank you.

                        https://www.marinecorpstimes.com/new...ntry-officers/

                        In a slight change to the grueling initial stage of the 13-week Infantry Officer Course, Marines will no longer be required to pass the Combat Endurance Test to move on. The Corps has come under criticism for what some have claimed to be unnecessarily high standards to graduate from the course. To date, only one unnamed female Marine has successfully completed the entire course.

                        But Marine officials at Training Command contend the changes are not an effort to water down standards.
                        Have you done the course?

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                        • #27
                          GE Aviation launches production of T408 engines for USMC’s CH-53K

                          http://www.naval-technology.com/news...-usmcs-ch-53k/

                          The GE engines will increase the external load-carrying capacity of the helicopters by three times compared to the USMC’s existing CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter powered by GE Aviation’s T64 engine.
                          Also, the T408 engines will offer 57% additional power, 18% better specific fuel consumption and 63% fewer parts compared with its predecessor...

                          The first squadron of CH-53K helicopters is expected to reach initial operational capability by next year.

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