When the U.S. Marine Corps unveiled its concept of “Single Naval Battle” in 2012, it was received with a yawn. The U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force Air-Sea Battle concept still hogged the limelight, although it soon would be smothered by jointness. Most defense analysts dismissed Single Naval Battle as the Corps’ effort to remind the Navy that—despite its fixation on defeating long-range antiaccess/area-denial strategies—the Marine Corps was its true, permanent partner in conducting the full range of maritime operations.1 With section headings such as “The Marines cannot succeed without the Navy. The Navy cannot succeed without the Marines,” there seemed ample evidence that the skepticism about the concept’s strategic value was valid.2 By 2017, the Marine Corps had replaced Single Naval Battle with Littoral Operations in a Contested Environment (LOCE) as a naval operating concept, which—while using some of the ideas argued under Single Naval Battle—focuses less on integrating traditional Marine operations with the blue-water naval fight.
Amphibs in Sea Control and Power Projection
By Jonathan D. Caverley and Captain Sam J. Tangredi, U.S. Navy (Retired)
The Navy must move toward a real ‘Single Naval Battle’ concept