Navy and Marines Maintain Wartime Op Tempo Due to Russia and Mideast [+video]

greenert-gestures-600x400-ts300Emerging crises worldwide have kept the operations tempo of the Navy and the Marines on a wartime pace despite the drawdowns in Iraq and Afghanistan, the leaders of the Navy and the Marine Corps said Monday.

“We need to continue to think about warfighting first” amid the turmoil in the Middle East, Africa and Eastern Europe, said Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert.

“The volume of activity has created difficulty” for the Marine Corps, said Marine Commandant Gen. Joseph Dunford. As a result, “we’ve degraded readiness on the home station” to keep Marines deployed forward, he said.

Dunford said that Marines were deploying overseas for seven months, returning home for 14 months, and deploying again for seven months on rotations that were similar to those for the Marines at the height of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Greenert and Dunford spoke, along with Coast Guard Commandant Paul Zukunft and Maritime Administrator Paul Jaenichen, at the Navy League’s Sea Air Space conference and exposition at National Harbor, Md. (Read more from “Navy and Marines Maintain Wartime Op Tempo Due to Russia and Mideast” HERE)

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