The U.S. Marine Corps and Navy long have been the world’s leaders in amphibious operations. Sweeping victories across the islands of the Pacific in World War II established an amphibious prowess unknown in the annals of warfare, while recent operations from Iraq to Libya demonstrate the continuing need for capabilities in the littorals. The amphibious ready group (ARG) and Marine expeditionary unit (MEU) were created to update Navy-Marine Corps joint operations for the war in Vietnam and late-20th century conflicts in the Middle East.
From Wells to Wings
By Lieutenant (junior grade) Daniel Stefanus, U.S. Navy
Littoral operations in the 21st Century require amphibious ready groups to take flight