The reality of the situation is ---As long as the USMC depends on the Navy for transportation, support and even to a certain extent funding, all the talk about making the Dept of the Navy- the Dept of the Navy and Marine Corps is self serving bullshit that should be discarded for the sake of tradition. And reality.
This is via the Marine Corps Times. Just a snippet, read the whole thing at their site.
By Gidget Fuentes - Staff writerSAN DIEGO — The Navy’s top officer said he’s “pleased” with the service’s shipbuilding plan, which includes additional submarines, electronic warfare aircraft, joint high-speed vessels and a large-deck amphibious ship for the Marines.
Posted : Thursday Feb 4, 2010 20:34:19 EST
The Quadrennial Defense Review released Monday by the Pentagon calls for an amphibious fleet sized at 29 to 33 ships. Navy officials are holding the line on what they see as the naval requirement of 33, but Marine Corps officials have pressed for additional ships, as many as 38.
Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead said he has regularly discussed the issue with Marine Commandant Gen. James Conway but maintains that the current fleet levels would still meet the Corps’ needs.
“I don’t dispute the Marine Corps’ right of saying 38,” Roughead said, speaking with reporters after his address Thursday at “West 2010,” a four-day conference sponsored by U.S. Naval Institute and Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association. “It’s all about priorities. We believe we can structure the force with what the Marine Corps needs with 33.”
Uh just as a side note...You do realize that the CNO has just said that approx 5000 Marines will be left ashore and can't participate in the assault echelon with this statement don't you?