The guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) conducts strike operations while in the Mediterranean Sea, April 7, 2017. Porter, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ford Williams)

The Navy and Marine Corps intend to purchase an additional 203 Tactical Tomahawk Cruise Missiles for roughly $402 million in 2021, according to the Navy's budget request for that fiscal year, with 155 of the long-range munitions going to the Navy and 48 going to the Marine Corps.

The Navy's decision to get more Tomahawks isn't all that shocking — after all, the missiles made national news as recently as 2017 after President Donald Trump approved launching dozens at targets in Syria.

However, the fact that the Corps wants to get their hands on the cruise missile is surprising.

"The Marine Corps is procuring the Tomahawk missile as part of an overall strategy to build a more lethal Fleet Marine Force," said Capt Christopher Harrison, a Marine Corps spokesman, who also confirmed to Task & Purpose that the Marine Corps' intent to procure Tomahawks is "a new development."

"This capability is in support of the Marine Corps Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations (EABO) and the National Defense Strategy (NDS) approach to build a more lethal Joint Force," Harrison said. "Further details on the capability and or employment are classified."

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U.S. Marine Corps/Lance Cpl. Damon Mclean/Released

Marine Pfc. Edward A. Nalazek, a Chicagoan born to proud Polish immigrants, died with nearly 1,000 fellow Marines during the Battle of Tarawa in 1943. He was 27.

A decade later, his namesake nephew was born. Edward McNicholas of Newport News came know the story of Uncle Eddie, but details were scarce. He knew Nalazek was a cum laude college graduate who studied for the priesthood before enlisting in the Marines.

But whenever McNicholas pressed family members for more information, he got nowhere.

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Sgt. William Loughran encourages recruits from Kilo Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, to give 100 percent during physical training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C., Sept. 18, 2013. (U.S. Marine Corps/Cpl. Caitlin Brink)

The Marine Corps wants you to, well, play you in their upcoming recruitment commercial.

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U.S. Marine Corps

The commanding officer of a San Diego-based Marine Corps fighter squadron was removed from command due to concerns of poor judgment, the Marines said in a statement Thursday.

Lt. Col. Ralph Featherstone took command of Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 225 in April 2019. He was fired Jan. 24.

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On Jan. 28, 2020, four Marines were awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for their actions in June 2018, when they rescued a family that had been caught in a dangerous rip current. (U.S. Marine Corps/Staff Sgt. William L. Holdaway)

In June, 2018, when a group of Marines noticed a family was being swept along by a powerful rip current at Atlantic Beach in North Carolina they immediately swam out to save them. Now, more than a year later, those Marines have been recognized for their actions.

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The suspect in the death of 21-year-old U.S. Marine Cpl. Tyler Wallingford, who was fatally shot in the barracks of the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort more than nine months ago, was found guilty in military court of involuntary manslaughter earlier this month and sentenced to more than five years.

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