Amphibious Warships: Critical Element of U.S. Marine Corps Amphibious Warfare

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No one knows where or when the next world conflict or crisis will emerge. Which requires the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marines to respond to threats rapidly and precisely. When unexpected threats arise, it is the Marine Corps aboard U.S. Navy amphibious warships that is best prepared to face them down.

Marine Expeditionary Units, or MEUs, are embarked aboard three U.S. Navy amphibious warships and combine air, ground and logistics elements into a powerful quick reaction force. Since October 2011, the nation has called on sailors and Marines aboard U.S. Navy amphibious warships more than 80 times to respond to military and humanitarian crises around the globe.

Amphibious warships hold, transport and deploy U.S. Marine Expeditionary Units (MEU) and their equipment which include: combat vehicles, helicopters, amphibious landing craft and assault vehicles, the MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft, and the soon to-be-delivered F-35B Joint Strike Fighter.

Watch the videos below to learn how the Navy-Marine Corps team fights as one force from amphibious warships.

Video: Amphibious Warship USS New York (LPD 21)

“We can launch Marines anywhere in the world. That is the benefit of being in the Navy.” - Commander William Herrmann, USS New York (LPD 21)

Video: First to Fight: Marine Expeditionary Unit

"The MEU aboard an amphibious warship includes more than 2,200 Marines, tanks, artillery, engineers, amphibious assault vehicles, a reinforced tilt-rotor squadron and a combat logistics battalion."

Video: Marines Deploy from Amphibious Warships Executing Amphibious Raid Launch

“The Marine Expeditionary Unit is a powerful force in readiness that combines all of the Marine Corps’ combat capabilities into a single unit. They train and deploy with the same intensity, preparing to win our nation’s battles whenever and wherever they are called.”

Video: The amphibious warship USS Essex (LHD 2) with the 31st MEU responded during Operation Tomodachi, delivering more than 160,000 pounds of critical supplies, when a tsunami devastated Japan in March 2011.

Photo by Lance Davis Photo by Lance Davis

On January 31, the amphibious warship America (LHA 6) successfully completed its acceptance sea trials in the Gulf of Mexico. America is the first in her class of ships, with increased aviation capacity to include an enlarged hangar deck, realignment and expansion of the aviation maintenance facilities, and increased aviation fuel capacity.

The America-class will be capable of carrying a Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), including Marine helicopters, MV‐22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft and F‐35B Joint Strike Fighter aircraft.

Learn more about America’s successful acceptance sea trials here: http://bit.ly/Ms5vVw

Watch the video from builder’s sea trials, held in November:  http://bit.ly/1fsEtWH

Photos by Lance Davis

What is LPD Flight II? It’s the proven solution for the next generation amphibious transport dock, Huntington Ingalls Industries’ proposed replacement to the Harpers Ferry and Whidbey Island classes of dock landing ships.Flight II is the affordable, capable, adaptable and survivable next generation amphibious ship. For more about Flight II, visit www.huntingtoningalls.com/flight2

What is LPD Flight II? It’s the proven solution for the next generation amphibious transport dock, Huntington Ingalls Industries’ proposed replacement to the Harpers Ferry and Whidbey Island classes of dock landing ships.

Flight II is the affordable, capable, adaptable and survivable next generation amphibious ship. For more about Flight II, visit www.huntingtoningalls.com/flight2