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So, the idea is basicly a floating Camp Mirage?
Several US operations in the past five years have had significant Seabasing
components. The largest was during Operation Enduring Freedom, when Special
Operations Forces (SOF) and Marine units embarked on USS Kitty Hawk and
accompanying expeditionary strike group ships underway in the Gulf of Oman executed
“the longest ship-to-objective maneuver in history, moving 400 miles inland to seize the
desert airstrip south of Kandahar.”26 However, some blemishes were seen in this
implementation of the Seabasing concept. First, the use of USS Kitty Hawk as a
Seabasing platform required the removal of almost her entire normal air wing
complement, rendering her ineffective as a strike or fleet defense platform. This
highlights the need to procure dedicated Seabasing ships, rather than employing a (very)
expensive CV/CVN to fill that role.
A fully-developed Seabasing capability would be of substantial value to the Joint
Force commander, enhancing the Joint Force’s freedom of action and significantly
improving its agility in support of national military and strategic objectives. It would
reduce the time from decision to action by eliminating the need to build supplies ashore
before starting operations, enable the Joint Force to act without the political constraints of
friendly host nation access, and defer the time until the Joint Force commander must have
a large supply base ashore to continue operations. The two main challenges to the full
implementation of Seabasing are that the equipment required is expensive and that
several critical pieces of technology required do not yet exist. Because of this, an
incremental approach to developing and fielding Seabasing technologies is the most
fiscally and strategically responsible plan.
Ex-Dragoon said:I don't think it would work for NATO, there is too much infighting amongst the alliance now. I could see this working with the US, UK, Australia, Canada and maybe a couple of others but as a NATO initiative you maybe asking for too much.