You ever have one of those moments where the obvious suddenly dawns on you? Well I did while looking for archived articles on the EFV's development.
One leg of ship to objective maneuver died with the EFV.
It can still be attained with aerial assets but the needed over the horizon, armored landing that the EFV was to provide is now no more.
In essence a decade of doctrinal planning got shit canned with the cancellation of that vehicle. ts becoming a bit more clear why they struggled so mightily to keep it going now.
It was the backbone of how Marine Corps Theorist planned to fight future wars.
But to the issue at hand. The MLP is part of that old planning.
I'm told that they're already under construction. Too bad. Perhaps a LSD replacement would have been a better use of ship yard space and money.
|did we really need a ship to serve as a transfer point for vehicles from MPS ships to LCAC's or did we have something that could be used already in service????|