29 January 2012

Command Ships Back

The U.S. Navy very recently removed the concept of a "Command Ship", basically a floating Navy and Marine base fashioned out of a late model Marine ship without heavy combat duties of its own from its fleet.

No sooner had it done so, than the U.S. Navy was fitting out the USS Ponce (a Marine amphibious ship on the verge of being decommissioned) to become a "Mothership" serving the same role defending the sea lanes of the Persian Gulf as a base for four helicopters and a dozen small boats which Special Operations forces will deploy to deal with pirates, small craft attacks and sea mines.

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