Trost’s column clearly articulates this nation’s dependence on naval forces to fulfill our national security interests. Unfortunately, in his effort to tout the necessity for 15 carriers, the admiral omitted any reference to the contribution the amphibious forces make to a naval campaign.
Conspicuously absent is any mention that an Amphibious Task Force (made up of Navy and Marine Corps forces) provides a credible forcible entry capability to project power ashore. This “Gator Navy” can and often does operate with the carrier battle group. It is doubtful that the carrier battle group alone can " . . . Take complete control of an area” without amphibious forces.
PAUL F. PUGH