We’re having internet access issues today, so in lieu of posting, I’ll toss you this video.


One of the things we’ll be looking at in our Falklands series is that whenever a fleet uses the strategic mobility of maneuver at sea to stage an amphibious operation, paradoxically, they have to surrender that mobility to support the landing.

In 1945, the US Navy paid a ghastly price supporting the Army and the Marines ashore at Okinawa. Being tied to a relatively fixed location within air attack range of the Japanese mainland left the fleet vulnerable to attack.

The British task force off the Falklands would face a very similar (if much smaller scale) problem.

And if US forces need to engage in littoral warfare, they’ll face much the same issue.