Much like the FRES series that I consolidated and updated into a single article I am working on the same for the Ship to Shore Logistics series. As part of the update and refresh exercise will be a much wider remit, looking at the overall amphibious capability in addition to the logistics elements.
I believe, much like the British Army’s parachute and air assault capability, the Royal Navy amphibious capability is a bit of a sacred cow that has been better insulated against reductions than others.
With this in mind, I want an accurate picture of post war amphibious and sea logistics operations.
The table below shows my first stab, showing the year, location, nature and scale of the operation, especially whether a port has been required.[table id=5 /]
It doe snot show special forces operations, operations where the Royal Marines have deployed entirely by land based air (not from ships). The scale column shows small, medium and large, or, company, commando and brigade scale (or less) respectively.
Amphibious is a traditional amphibious assault, a raid is a smaller scale operations with a short time bound objective, the port column denotes where that operation has required port enablement and facilities and finally, littoral operations is used to indicate an operation where the littoral has been the focus for security or counter terrorism.
Between us, can we get an accurate picture?
Have I missed anything, got anything wrong?
Please put your corrections and updates in comments