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US Marines and Japanese Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade troops return to the amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland after assault amphibious vehicle operations as part of KAMANDAG 2, October 5, 2018.

Japan activated its first marine unit since World War II to counter China, and it just teamed up with the US to practice storming beaches

Japan stood up a new amphibious brigade — its first such unit since World War II — earlier this year in order to counter threats posed by China, and the unit practiced amphibious operations with US and Filipino forces this month.
US Marines and the Philippine marine corps land on the beach in assault amphibious vehicles during KAMANDAG 2 in Subic Bay, Philippines, October 3, 2018.

Amid rising tensions with China, Japan just sent armored vehicles to foreign soil for the first time since World War II

Japanese troops are playing a humanitarian role in US-Philippine military exercises this month, and while the US says the drills are not directed at anyone, it comes amid heightened tensions with China.
South Korean marines and the US 7th Marine Regiment take part in a mock amphibious landing.

The Marines want to use artificial intelligence to counter one of their enemies’ most effective and hard-to-detect weapons

The Navy and the Marine Corps expect maritime and amphibious operations to grow more challenging as adversaries acquire more sophisticated weapons. To counter one persistent but low-tech threat, the Corps is looking to artificial technology.
Chuck Stewart on the bumper of his car.

How this Marine veteran plans to ride out Tropical Storm Florence: ‘It’s just water’

Charles Stewart, 75, who served in the Corps from 1962 to 1974, said he wasn't concerned about riding out the storm — much like the Corps he once served.
An F-35B begins its short takeoff from the USS America with an external weapons load.

Marine F-35 aircraft carrier arrives in Middle East after Russia threatened US forces in Syria

The F-35Bs aboard the Essex will train on a variety of missions near the Red Sea, such as how to provide close air support for Marine units optimized to take beaches, or how to respond to an attack.
HMS Queen Elizabeth arrives in Florida. September 5, 2018.

Britain’s largest and most powerful warship has arrived in the US to train with F-35 jets for the first time

HMS Queen Elizabeth, has reached the coast of Florida on its journey to the US. It will refuel before making completing its trip to Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland to commence F-35B fighter jet trials. The ship arrived at Mayport Naval base on Wednesday.
US Marines brace for an explosion during a breaching exercise on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, March 1, 2018.

The Marines are preparing for a potential ‘big-ass fight,’ and they may soon be spending more time in Alaska

The US military's reorientation toward great-power competition has led to more training for operations in extreme conditions. For the Marine Corps, that means spending more time in the northern latitudes, training to fight in frigid conditions.
Marines conduct high-angle fire training with a Mark 19 40 mm grenade launcher at Novo Selo Training Area, Bulgaria, July 2, 2018.

Marines in Eastern Europe are practicing a little-used tactic — another sign they’re getting ready for a ‘big ass fight’

US Marines stationed in Romania deployed to Bulgaria for combine-arms training this month, and while there, they practiced a little-used tactic that is supposed to help counter armor and other vehicles.
The Marine Corps says it is not using dating apps to recruit.

The Marine Corps has denied using Bumble and other dating apps to recruit after a screenshot turned up on Reddit

The US Marine Corps is denying it uses dating apps to recruit after a screenshot of an apparent Bumble conversation depicting such efforts turned up on Reddit.

We climbed into the cockpit of a V-22 Osprey — the US military tiltrotor aircraft that takes troops into combat

The Osprey is a tiltrotor aircraft that blends "the vertical flight capability of a helicopter with the speed, range, altitude and endurance of an airplane," according to the manufacturer.