Fundamental to the success of the Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Sea Power is a scalable maritime patrol force able to generate combat power and prevail in conflict while focused on preventing war and waging the peace. With a "back-to-the-future" approach, maritime patrol aviation aggressively returns to its roots as the preeminent antisubmarine force, committed to continuing dominance above, on, and below the surface of the world's oceans and in the joint battlespace. With skill and proficiency in antisubmarine warfare as the cornerstone, the maritime patrol force can and must continue to adapt and evolve to outpace an ever-emerging threat from an enemy likely still unknown, as we have throughout our history.
'Patrolling the Front Lines of History'
Maritime patrol aviation must draw from its past to ensure its future.
By Lieutenant Commander Chris Flaherty, U.S. Navy