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IHS Janes analysis

Discussion in 'RM Operational News' started by ave!, Aug 13, 2018.

  1. ave!

    ave! Royal Marines Commando

    Nov 4, 2016
    Hey guys,

    Just an interesting one , IHS janes publish military news etc and ive been reading a few regarding the corps. Ill paste their analysis below. Prepare for gloomy reading...

    ''The COMUKAMPHIBFOR Headquarters can trace its history back to the Second World War when the Combined Operations organisation was set up to act as a centre of expertise in amphibious warfare. It has existed in its current form since 2001. In 1982 its predecessor headquarters commanded the land component for the Falklands campaign.

    The move to merge the COMUKAMPHIBFOR into the Maritime Battle Staff is a clear sign that the United Kingdom is reducing its ambitions for amphibious operations and putting greater emphasis on carrier strike. The separation of the post of CGRM from the UK’s main amphibious operational level headquarters also downgrades the clout and influence of the most senior officer in the Royal Marines hierarchy. ''

    ''With the new strike carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth , due to sail from its construction yard at Rosyth later this year and its sister ship, Prince of Wales , to follow soon afterwards, the RN is having to cut its cloth to try to find the personnel to crew the largest warships ever to enter UK service.

    The conventional combat forces of the Royal Marines have thus taken a hit to help solve the RN's short-term personnel crisis.

    Taking 42 Commando out of the readiness cycle for the Lead Commando Group allows many of its specialist personnel to be removed from its order of battle on a permanent basis. The cost of retraining the commando for conventional combat operations is also saved.

    The type of operations seen during the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean, rather than large-scale amphibious assaults against defended beaches, are seen as the future by the leadership of the Royal Marines. Providing humanitarian assistance to refugees, interdiction of smugglers and support to law enforcement agencies obviously require fewer combat specialists.''

    ''The JPR mission - or combat search and rescue (CSAR) - has long been a point of controversy in the UK armed forces.

    The loss of two Special Air Service soldiers behind enemy lines in the 1991 Gulf War and the inability of the UK military to conduct an effective search-and-rescue mission to recover them showed the UK's shortfalls in this highly specialised area compared with the significant assets dedicated to the role by the US Air Force.

    A decade ago the Royal Air Force (RAF) Support Helicopter Force and the RAF Regiment attempted to stand up a JPR capability to coincide with the introduction to service of the AgustaWestland Merlin HC3 helicopter. When the Merlin squadrons were committed to operations in Iraq and then Afghanistan, the project lost momentum.

    The Royal Marines now appear to have taken up the baton with some gusto. It remains to be seen if they can get the plans to give the Royal Navy's new carriers their own JPR capability endorsed and funded by the Ministry of Defence. Apparently, this would be a task assigned to a Royal Marines Commando unit in rotation, backed by a contingent of suitably equipped helicopters, whenever one of the carriers puts to sea.

    The prospect of one of the UK's future Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters, jam-packed with highly classified stealth technology, sensors, and communications, crashing behind enemy lines and putting its sensitive material at risk of compromise may well swing the argument. ''

    I know some of this is old but a lot of important people read it. Just something of interest I wanted to share
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