Apr 14, 2014

US Army Explores Sea-Basing Helos

The US Army is considering certifying some of its attack helicopters to operate from ships — a mission historically conducted by the Marine Corps — as the service looks to broaden the role it would play in an Asia-Pacific battle.
The service has been running drills on landing AH-64 Apache helicopters on Navy ships in recent months.
The Asia-Pacific region, an area of increased focus for the US military, is primarily maritime. The Pentagon has said it does not envision prolonged land wars in its future after more than a decade in Afghanistan and Iraq, and is planning to shrink the Army. Experts say the Pacific is a theater geared more toward Navy and Air Force capabilities, due to the sheer size of the region.

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