The surface Navy has a proud tradition of warfighting excellence—from destroyer action in the Pacific during World War II, supporting the Inchon landing in Korea, to the gun line in the Tonkin Gulf, the Tanker Wars in the Persian Gulf, and the more recent Tomahawk strikes in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. During the past two years, Destroyer Squadron Two and Carrier Air Wing One have been the beneficiaries of some of the Navy’s best training. They were well manned and equipped, and spent almost nine months on a deployment around the world, including six months in the Persian Gulf. Now, looking back on the training and deployment, we can identify the most critical shortcomings of our integrated warfighting team and how we could best improve our combat capability.
Lessons Learned for Maritime Combat
The surface Navy is ‘outgunned and sensor-deficient’—among other problems. Here’s how to boost our warfighting strength.
By Captain Fred Pyle, Lieutenant Commander Mark Cochran, and Lieutenant Commander Rob McFall, U.S. Navy