Academic journal article Military Review

Air Assault from the Sea

Academic journal article Military Review

Air Assault from the Sea

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AIR ASSAULT FROM THE SEA, Patrick Allen, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD, 2000, 136 pages, $39.95.

In today's low-intensity conflict environment, the ability to project power from the sea has taken on new dimensions. This had led to the birth of new technologies designed to rapidly place forces on a beach and defeat an enemy through the doctrines of combined arms and vertical envelopment These tactical doctrines, with more than a dozen different types of maneuvers from the sea, comprise today's amphibious operations.

The list of capabilities an amphibious platform provides ranges from evacuating citizens from a hostile shore, known as noncombatant evacuation operations, to the tactical recovery of an air pilot, to all points in between. Warships, landing craft, helicopters, and weapons systems have been specifically designed to land over 900 marines that comprise the battalion landing team.

Patrick Allen's marvelous book brims with photographs that portray U.S. amphibious capabilities as well as those of allies. The United Kingdom is second only to the United States in amphibious capability. The Royal Navy commissioned the H.M.S. Ocean in 1998, which is a 21,500ton variant of the Iwo Jima-Class landing platform, helicopter (LPH). By 2004, Ocean will be joined by two smaller landing platform, dock (LPD)-class ships-the H.M.S. Albion and the Bulwark-to make up what is called an amphibious ready force, the English equivalent of the U. …

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