In littoral environments, naval expeditionary forces rely on Marine amphibious reconnaissance operations ahead of large-scale combat. This includes hydrographic surveys, beach-landing site surveys, combatant diver operations, and terminal guidance for landing forces. A Marine amphibious reconnaissance operation is a time-consuming, manpower-intensive evolution, often fraught with risk and danger. The following vignette illustrates how a unit accomplishes this operation today.
Unmanned Amphibious Reconnaissance Is Possible
By Staff Sergeant Matthew Foglesong, U.S. Marine Corps