NATO’s From the Sea Option
NATO recently released a decent little 10-minute sizzle reel highlighting the alliance’s sea soldiers. It includes Dutch Korps Mariniers and the newly-reformed German Seebataillon Marines in Scotland, the Portuguese Corpo de Fuzileiros on the rivers of Lithuania (still keeping it old school with HK G3 battle rifles and Zodiacs), Royal Marine Commandos training in Norway with their interesting 32-foot ORC (Offshore Raiding Craft) jetboats, and the U.S. Marine Corps, which exercises across the European continent.
So whether you call them Devil Dogs, Bootnecks, Schwarzen Teufel, or Fuzos, odds are, some of your favorite guys who operate from 10 fathoms inward are covered.
And, in a companion piece, the USMC themselves just put out a 10-minute hype video on the future Fleet Marine Force.
Another UK capability that has suffered due to the carrier fantasy. We desperately need to restore 3Cdo back to 3 commandos. We desperately need a class of large fast LPD’s (like the San Antonios) to accompany the carrier. Plus new arty systems and a real light cavalry capability. What galls me the most is that our MoD here in the UK has pared back the Marines just as everybody else from the Ozzies to the Italians to the Japanese and even the Germans are getting back into the game in a series way.