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Force Multiplier: U.S. Fleet Of Air-Capable Amphibious Warfare Ships

The Navy and Marine Corps are proposing radical changes to their force structures in line with new concepts for maritime and expeditionary operations. All eyes on what is new, such as the Navy’s desire for fleets of unmanned surface and subsurface vessels and, with respect to amphibious warfare, at least two new proposed ship classes.

What has gotten relatively less attention is the growing importance of airpower to the Sea Services’ ability to conduct agile, distributed operations across the vast distances of the Indo-Pacific theater. Proposals to reduce the number of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers and aircraft-capable amphibious warships in favor of proliferating smaller, less capable vessels are extremely short-sighted.

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Navy Flyers Training With Marine V-22s Ahead of COD Transition

The Navy is a year away from receiving its first deployable CMV-22 Osprey, the carrier onboard delivery aircraft of the future, but pilots, aircrewmen and maintainers are already getting familiar with operating tiltrotor aircraft on aircraft carriers.

Sailors from ?the Titans? of Fleet Logistics Multi-Mission Squadron (VRM) 30 are training with Marine Corps MV-22B crews and using Marine Corps-owned Ospreys to earn qualifications and understand how the aircraft handles.

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