The Royal Marines amphibious role ?

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Amphibious capabilities are coming back to the fore as part of keeping the peace in the Euro Atlantic region.



Note the linkages to other naval capabilities.
 
Nice to see the Poles and Lithuanians joining in.
 

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NATO Maritime Commander: Allies Are Coming Up With Modern Littoral Warfare Concepts, and NATO Needs to Exercise Them - USNI News

The head of NATO’s maritime force says amphibious operations will play a big role in any future combat or crisis response scenario – but he wants to move beyond old notions of what an amphibious operation really is.

Royal Navy Vice Adm. Keith Blount, commander of NATO’s Allied Maritime Command (MARCOM), said this week that amphibious operations often bring to mind images of the battle of Iwo Jima or the World War II movie “Saving Private Ryan.” But he highlighted three countries’ new amphibious concepts that are attractive options to him and make best use of emerging technologies like unmanned systems, cyber, electronic warfare, networks and more – and, coincidentally or not, don’t feature the word “amphibious” in their names.

Blount first highlighted the U.S. Marine Corps’ new naval expeditionary warfighting concept, Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations.

“I think is particularly attractive and interesting – and actually quite distinct in the way that it sets various forms of capability apart but nevertheless threads them together. It’s not a linear form of warfighting, it’s a very dispersed, nonlinear approach to warfighting to deliver to the adversary a number of different effects that range from simply influence right away to kinetic fires. And it uses within it a lot of terms that we would be familiar with, but the word ‘amphibious’ doesn’t really appear.”

Blount also highlighted “the United Kingdom’s own Littoral Strike idea and its Future Commando Force orientated around Littoral Strike Groups or Littoral Response groups that will be deployed dispersed in a persistent way, whether in support of NATO operations further east or south. It blends some traditional thinking around amphibiosity with fifth-gen firepower, which immediately draws the attention of the capability to the most modern form of warfighting that we have, capable of interdicting and ultimately dispatching anti-access and area-denial systems.”

And third, he mentioned the Netherlands’ new approach, which “talks about the three-landscape model: the human, the physical and the information landscapes.”

“It identifies key points that need to be penetrated or interdicted,” Blount said. Additionally, he said, it includes mobile cyber teams that can be an advance force and go deep into enemy territory to set up cyber networks, which Blount said is a niche capability today but could become the way of doing things in the future....
 

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Sailors and Royal Marines complete preparations for Baltic mission - RN

The Littoral Response Group (North) comprises HMS Albion, support ship RFA Mounts Bay, frigate HMS Lancaster, Wildcat helicopters from 847 Naval Air Squadron, Royal Marines of 45 Commando, 30 Commando Information Exploitation Group and 47 Commando Raiding Group, as well as 700X, 1700 Naval Air Squadron and soldiers from Royal Logistics Corp, Royal Engineers, Royal Electrical Mechanical Engineers and Royal Signals.
 

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Royal Navy task group joins NATO on biggest Baltic Sea exercise of the year

Royal Navy ships and Royal Marines have joined NATO allies as the largest exercise in the Baltic swings into action.


The Littoral Response Group (North) leads the UK involvement in Baltops – now in its milestone 50th year – the biggest combined exercise in the region.

This year, 18 militaries from 16 NATO allies and two partner countries join forces in a mighty demonstration of naval power.

More than 40 maritime units, 60 aircraft and 4,000 personnel are involved, with HMS Albion, RFA Mounts Bay and Royal Marines of
45 Commando leading the way at the front of the task group’s amphibious warfare spearhead.
 

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NATO sea power...





Now who was it who told the politicians and media that the future was going to be entirely related to land locked places?
 

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Albion returns after BALTOPS and Norwegian exercises

The Littoral Response Group (North) deployment saw Royal Marines and amphibious ships HMS Albion and RFA Mounts Bay – supported at times by the Type 23 frigate HMS Lancaster – work across the region with the operations culminating in the Baltops war games that saw forces from 18 countries train together.

Plymouth-based Albion led the UK task group on the major exercises – which also included US-led training along the Norwegian coastline – as the Royal Navy continued to shape how British commando forces, centred on the Royal Marines, will operate in the future by testing tactics and equipment.
 

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More about BALTOPS - this time from RFA Mounts Bay

Support ship RFA Mounts Bay put the seal on her Baltic deployment by pouring her embarked Royal Marines onto beaches in a mock invasion of Lithuania.

The Bay-class vessel joined HMS Albion on the Littoral Response Group (North), which sent commando forces into the heart of the Baltic over the last couple of months on operations alongside NATO allies and partners.

Mounts Bay completed exercises with the Danes, Swedes and the Norwegians among others, as well as making a stop in Estonia and the finale of the deployment: an ‘invasion’ of Lithuania’s coastline as part of the large-scale Baltops exercises.

“Klaipeda, Lithuania was the location for our final showdown. Mounts took station in the dead hours of the night and poured forth her Royal Marines in their landing craft to storm the beaches,” said Cadet Francis Cox-Palmer-White, an officer under training on Mounts Bay’s.

“Alas, that is where the executive officer’s role in the final confrontation ends, for we had delivered the payload to the right place at the right time – it was over to Royal for the rest.

“Yet, Mounts had proved that the Royal Fleet Auxiliary delivers side by side with every other element of a NATO task force. She is a vital bridge between first strike and sustainable invasion.”
 
More about BALTOPS - this time from RFA Mounts Bay

“Klaipeda, Lithuania was the location for our final showdown. Mounts took station in the dead hours of the night and poured forth her Royal Marines in their landing craft to storm the beaches,” said Cadet Francis Cox-Palmer-White, an officer under training on Mounts Bay’s.
I guess the nickname Three dad's is a thing now?
 
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Published by: NAVY LOOKOUT, on 27 JULY 2021.

Converting the Bay-class auxiliaries into littoral strike ships

The Defence Command Paper published in the wake of the March 2021 Integrated Review promised: “more than £50m will be spent converting a Bay class support ship to deliver a more agile and lethal littoral strike capability”. Here we take a speculative look at the options for the conversion . . .


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This recent graphic illustrates the connections between carrier aviation and amphibious capabilities, and how they would be likely to work together in one task group.

TASK GROUP.jpg


Note the commitment to NATO.

You might also be interested in this video:

 
This recent graphic illustrates the connections between carrier aviation and amphibious capabilities, and how they would be likely to work together in one task group.

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Note the commitment to NATO.

You might also be interested in this video:

Where did this come from Yokel?

I will be honest it looks like the rumor's id heard, especially with the Upgraded LSD(A) going out east. Also makes me laugh that the the rest of the LSD(A)s are just going to get new LSS bumper stickers. Wonder if they get the increase in manpower required to run at such a high tempo constantly. 'Cos currently you can Man your 30mm, launch your RIBs or Man your flight deck. but not more than one at once.
 

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Where did this come from Yokel?

I will be honest it looks like the rumor's id heard, especially with the Upgraded LSD(A) going out east. Also makes me laugh that the the rest of the LSD(A)s are just going to get new LSS bumper stickers. Wonder if they get the increase in manpower required to run at such a high tempo constantly. 'Cos currently you can Man your 30mm, launch your RIBs or Man your flight deck. but not more than one at once.

That graphic came from this article: Understanding the Royal Navy’s littoral response group concept

As promised in the IR, the first of the newly-renamed Littoral Response Groups was deployed on an experimental deployment (LRG(X)) to the Mediterranean from September to December 2020. The LRG (North) was subsequently deployed for 3 months between April – June 2021, operating under NATO and the Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF) construct off Norway and in the Baltic. The LRG(N) was centred on HMS Albion and RFA Mounts Bay carrying 45 commando Royal Marines.

To some extent, the LRG is just a re-branding exercise and follows years of similar amphibious deployments that in the last decade have operated under the Response Force Task Group (RFTG), Joint Rapid Reaction Force (JRRF) and Joint Expeditionary Force (Maritime) (JEF(M)) banner employed on the ‘Cougar’ (2011-15) and ‘Amphibious Task Group’ deployments. What will be different about the LRG is the (as yet unrealised) ambition to be ‘persistent, ie. forward-deployed and at a high state of readiness along with the new operating model for the Future Commando Force (FCF).

The RN describes its vision for Littoral Strike and the FCF as “a transformation from a 20th Century facing intervention capability into a forward-based maritime advance force. Integrated into Defence and Agency networks and persistently deployed to engage in strategically important activity. It will produce comparative advantage across the spectrum of operations and provide increased political options.” In general terms. heavy vehicle fleets, linear supply lines, inaccurate fires and vulnerable surface craft will be replaced with precision strike, high mobility, modern C4ISR, networked autonomous systems and deception capabilities.

The LRG(N) spanning operations in the North Atlantic, Baltic and Mediterranean will be the lead and include an LPD, a Bay class, a 45 Cdo company and supporting elements (probably around 250 personnel). The LRG (S) will include a company of 40 Cdo and will be deployed to the Indo-Pacific region from 2023 onward, based on a Bay class RFA modified as a Littoral Strike Ship. The LRG construct is intended to be inherently flexible and operate closely with allies or other RN assets. The two LRGs may aggregate together to form a more substantial Littoral Strike Group or join with the Carrier Strike Group to form an Expeditionary Strike Force on occasions.

The Defence Command Paper promises a £40M investment in the Royal Marines as they transition to the FCF model which will underpin the LRGs. The new commandos will be: “Forward deployed to respond rapidly to crises, this special operation capable force will operate alongside our allies and partners in areas of UK interest, ready to strike from the sea, pre-empt and deter sub-threshold activity, and counter state threats.”


From the same website: Converting the Bay-class auxiliaries into littoral strike ships

I wonder if the Maritime role 3 is under 'additional logistics vessels'.

I assume it means all the chartered/STUFT vessels taking equipment into the theatre of operations. Maritime Role 3 medical is the job of RFA Argus.
 
Greg Allwood must have spent a lot of time and effort on this . . .

Published by: Greg Allwood, FORCES NET, on 07 September 2021.

Know Your Navy – The Royal Marines

An overview of the Royal Marines and the equipment they use.

Marines from 45 Commando on an inflatable raiding craft


The Royal Marines are a vital part of the UK’s Armed Forces, and one of the Royal Navy’s five fighting arms.
Indeed, for anyone tempted to think of them as an entirely separate arm of the military, it is worth pointing out what some people joke that MARINE stands for: My A** Rides In Navy Equipment.

In actual fact, all three of the main services – the Army, Navy and RAF – are involved in supporting the Royal Marines, something that will be discussed further below . . . .

Follow the link, and say "goodbye" to the rest of the day !!

 

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Does anyone know if HMS Albion and the rest of the LRG(North) will be taking part in Exercise Joint Warrior 212 later this month? Are amphibious forces going to be part of the NATO Response Force? Will the exercise involve them being protected by the F-35Bs and Merlins from HMS Prince of Wales - as she will also be participating and is preparing for a NRF role?
 
Does anyone know if HMS Albion and the rest of the LRG(North) will be taking part in Exercise Joint Warrior 212 later this month? Are amphibious forces going to be part of the NATO Response Force? Will the exercise involve them being protected by the F-35Bs and Merlins from HMS Prince of Wales - as she will also be participating and is preparing for a NRF role?
I thought that all the F35Bs that are operational are on board the Queen Elizebeth in the Indo-Pacific at the moment?
 

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This recent graphic illustrates the connections between carrier aviation and amphibious capabilities, and how they would be likely to work together in one task group.

View attachment 600822

Note the commitment to NATO.

You might also be interested in this video:


Amphibious? Ivan just made your fish in a Baltic barrel die

 

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