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Shameful: Marines looking at deploying aboard foreign ships

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  1. carpro

    carpro Well-Known Member
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    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2015/06/21/marines-amphibious/28935549/


    Shameful: Marines looking at deploying aboard foreign ships


    Faced with a shortage of U.S. Navy ships, the Marine Corps is exploring a plan to deploy its forces aboard foreign vessels to ensure they can respond quickly to global crises around Europe and western Africa.

    The initiative is a stopgap way to deploy Marines aboard ships overseas until more American vessels are available, said Brig. Gen. Norman Cooling, deputy commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Europe and Africa.

    The Marines will be able to respond quickly to evacuate embassies or protect U.S. property and citizens, a need highlighted by the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador.

    "There's no substitute for U.S. amphibious" vessels, Cooling said. "We're looking at other options" in the meantime, he added.


     
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    Rather than using "amphibious ships" we should plan to deploy using Osprey. And for major deployment, we need about 300 C-17. It seems weak to have armored divisions that cannot be deployed via Air Power.
     
  3. poncho

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    Budget constraints?

    Maybe we should consider cutting back on the regime changes, nation building experiments, funding and arming Islamic extremists and neo nazi nutcases.

    That would free up a whole bunch of money for amphibious vessels.
     
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