The Pentagon is conducting a study to determine the number of amphibious vessels needed by the Marines.


Megan Eckstein writing in DefenseNews, makes the following points:
  • At $2 billion per new vessel, exploring a cheaper design or pausing new construction
  • The Marine Corps argues a reduction would risk its ability to respond to global crises.
  • The Office of the Secretary of Defense is concerned some amphibious boats are too slow, which makes these boats vulnerable to enemy fire.
  • The Marine Corps argues amphibious ships are critical to fighting inside the First Island Chain that stretches from Japan’s East China Sea islands to the Philippines.


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