Marine Brass Slam Navy Assessment of Future Needs, Shipbuilding Plans

By Jason Sherman / May 4, 2005 at 5:00 AM
A recent high-level Navy assessment of future sea-service needs that calls for a 260-ship fleet and paring back select Marine Corps capabilities is drawing sharp criticism from senior Marine generals. In a three-page memo to a Navy counterpart, two key three-star generals spell out their view of a far-reaching Navy study they say would deny amphibious forces key capabilities and result in unnecessary injuries and deaths to Marines. At issue is a long-term examination of Navy and Marine Corps capabilities...

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