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Jul 20

The USS Essex From Mutiny to F-35s

Friday, July 20, 2018 12:01 AM

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Artist's rendition of the Battle of Valparaiso, depicting naval warfare between the frigate USS Essex, the HMS Phoebe, and the HMS Cherub. The battle raged for two and a half hours, ending with the surrender of the USS Essex. (Photo: USNI Archive)

As reported by USNI News, the USS Essex quietly deployed last Tuesday, 10 July. [Essex Amphibious Ready Group Quietly Deployed on Tuesday with Marine F-35s] The lack of “fanfare” was for “reasons of operational security”, according to USNI sources. The USS Essex is carrying the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit and their F-35s. However, this isn’t the first time a US Navy ship named USS Essex made headlines. There were five ships named USS Essex in U.S. Navy history, starting with the 32-gun sailing frigate commissioned in 1799. On 9 December 1813, the sailors of USS Essex staged a mutiny. Luckily, CAPT Porter… Read the rest of this entry »

 
Jun 27

The Stories Behind 6 of the USMC’s Bulldog Mascots

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 10:19 AM

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Marine Barracks mascot Chesty XII, shortly before retiring and being replaced by Chesty XIII in 2008.

Marines earned the title “Teufel Hunden” (German for “Devil Dog”) at the Battle of Belleau Wood in 1918, so it was only natural that on June 27, 1927, the U.S. Marine Corps adopted the English Bulldog as the official mascot. Here are six Bulldogs of the Marine Corps:   1. Sergeant Major Jiggs I (1922-1927)   The first English Bulldog to join the ranks was Jiggs, who was enlisted in 1922 by BGen. Smedley Butler. “Sgt. Jiggs” starred in the 1926 movie “Tell It To The Marines.” Jiggs ultimately rose to the rank of Sergeant Major before he died in 1927. His memorial was… Read the rest of this entry »