26 Oct '17, 10pm

Marines Need Speed From Ship To Shore

Marines Need Speed From Ship To Shore

Operating close to shore, the Navy and Marines will also need “some type of screening / scouting surface forces,” Berry said. “I’m talking about missile boats.” Many countries use them for coastal defense, although the US Navy has historically considered them too fragile and short-ranged. Against A2/AD, however, where the US Navy would not want to risk its big ships close to shore, missile boats might play an important role: small enough to avoid detection most of the time, cheap enough to be relatively expendable if caught, and well-armed enough the enemy couldn’t just ignore them. They could scout ahead of the landing forces and then protect their flanks from enemy craft.

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