13 mai 2022 | International, Naval

Marines to update amphibious ops concept amid uncertainty over future ship count

The commandant wants a Concept for 21st Century Amphibious Operations by the end of the year, after earlier Force Design 2030 modernization efforts have focused on stand-in forces operating as smaller units on smaller vessels.


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