The Marine Corp’s Force Design 2030 introduces the marine littoral regiment (MLR), a unit that will play a central role in deterring aggression in the western Pacific. In its current iteration, it is centered on the littoral combat team (LCT), littoral logistics battalion (LLB), and littoral antiair battalion (LAAB). Once this unit is stood up, virtual and realistic training exercises and war games inevitably will expose its strengths and weaknesses and inform the final structure of the unit. While the Navy and Marine Corps experiment to create the most effective MLR, they can learn from U.S. allies who have conducted a similar mission for decades, and analyze their units, tactics, and practices. A notable example is the Republic of Korea (ROK) defense of the Yellow Sea, a sea line of communication (SLOC) critical for trade into the Seoul metropolitan area and fishery operations.
ROK Yellow Sea Defense
By Lieutenant (junior grade) Jeong Soo “Gary” Kim, U.S. Navy