A Big Navy Needs Little Ships

Butler, Richard D.
October 2003
U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings;Oct2003, Vol. 129 Issue 10, p99
Conference Proceeding
Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) will have a great influence on how future wars will be fought by the U.S. and its allies. The ability to quickly muster a maritime force for missions in littorals will be key to continuing the global war on terrorism. A few U.S. Navy Cyclone-class 170-foot coastal patrol craft and the U.S. Coast Guard Island-class 110-foot patrol craft were included in the OIF force package. Missions of TF-55 operation shifted to closing the seaborne escape route for the regime leadership and terrorists, containing the movement of war goods and securing vital oil and gas platforms.


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