Greek paratroopers prepare for a water landing after jumping out the back of a U.S. Air Force C-130J Super Hercules during “Stolen Cerberus”, a two-week flying, training deployment designed to incorporate various training methods in order to maintain proficiency during deployed operations and increase interoperability with the Hellenic Air Force, Feb. 2 to 14. The mission provided the U.S. and Hellenic Air Forces a unique opportunity to learn how each service performs airlift operations, improving the joint capabilities of both nations.
(U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Kris Levasseur)
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From Breaking Defense, April 2, 2014
- written by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr.
- additional imagery inserted by Strike-Hold!
The Marines are about to move out sharply with their once-stalled Amphibious Combat Vehicle, the smallest service’s biggest program. After years of uncertainty and a last-minute change of course that came too late to make it into the administration’s budget request for 2015, the Marines will soon announce their new strategy for something they’re calling an ACV. It will be much more modest than the revolutionary Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle the Corps once envisioned…
What the USMC won’t be getting – the Advanced Amphibious Combat Vehicle; aka., the Expeditionary Combat Vehicle. (source: Wikipedia)
“We are doing well with the ACV,” Marine Commandant Gen. James Amos said at the Atlantic Council Tuesday afternoon. “We are about to go public with the way forward on it. It’s affordable, ladies and gentlemen, it’s doable, and we can have our cake and eat it too here. So we’re pretty excited about it.”
Amos was short on details at the event and slipped into the elevator a step ahead of pursuing journalists afterwards. But his staff referred me to Manny Pacheco, spokesman for the Marine Corps’s Program Executive Office (PEO) Land Systems.