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Novel Concepts for Amphibious Force Resupply


Main Image Credit T12 Unmanned Surface Vehicle during trials. Image provided by Author. 


The United States continues to place a premium on amphibious forces as part of its global response capabilities. Unmanned surface vessels have recently been tested which offer a significant advance in the ability of amphibious forces to conduct important ship-shore resupply from standoff distances

The United States Navy has made a substantial investment in forces optimized for amphibious assault. According to the latest Congressional Research Service Report, Navy Force Structure and Shipbuilding Plans: Background and Issues for Congress,US Navy-Marine Corps amphibious assault forces have remained relatively robust as the size of the US Navy has shrunk from 594 ships in 1987 to 272 ships today. And as the aforementioned Congressional Research Service report explains,

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