Army Helos Jumping on and Off of Amphibious Ships

04/15/2014
04/15/2014: These images show various US Army helos deployed to South Korea using amphibious ships as lily pads for going from shore to ship and back again.  They are not designed for ship operations; they are not “marinized” in any way.  And they are not compatible with shipboard systems of…

The Mistral at Bold Alligator 2012

02/13/2012
02/13/2012: The BPC Mistral was the key sea platform which allies brought to the Bold Alligator 2012.  The Mistral was recently involved in the Libyan operations and part of the French use of sea bases in a Mediterranean engagement context. In a key interview with a senior French leader, SLD…

Defense Reform Revisited: The Case of Amphibious Ships

01/17/2012
01/17/2011 by Vince Martinez Defense reform is both possible and necessary as the force is restructured.  Indeed, NOT doing so will lead to a hollow force. Now that the cards have been played relative to the defense budget cuts and service level downsizing, it is time for government and industry alike…

Amphibious Ships Return to Norfolk

10/05/2011
10/05/2011: Amphibious Ships Return to Norfolk [slidepress gallery='amphibious-ships-return-to-norfolk'] Credit: USN Visual Service: 8/31/2011 In photos, 1-3 and 5, the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp and amphibious transport dock ships USS New York and USS San Antonio transit in formation during a training exercise. The ships are returning to Norfolk after…