Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England recently directed the Joint Staff to conduct a study aimed at integrating special operations forces (SOF) with the new littoral combat ship (LCS). This ship, as evidenced in its class name, will spend the majority of its service life in the littorals, that is, beachfront approaches to potentially hostile land masses. One of the primary tools for fighting in the littoral-in addition to mine and antisubmarine warfare-will be SOF, most likely Naval Special Warfare (NSW) SEAL and Special Boat Teams, which represent the maritime arm of the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCom), headquartered in Tampa, Florida.
Preparing for Littoral Battle
By Rear Admiral George R. Worthington, U.S. Navy (Retired)