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Title: Amphibious Ready Group

Action: The Background image shows an underway 3-ship Amphibious Ready Group. As mentioned, the following bullet points are shown over the background in support of the narration:

Capabilities Limitations

Voice: The amphibious ready group is where you will find the Marines and, like the carriers, there never seems to be enough of them. There is usually an ARG forward deployed with each of the operational fleet commanders. The typical ARG has one large deck amphibious assault ship, an amphibious transport dock, and a dock landing ship. The large deck amphibious assault ship has room for 40+ helicopters that can carry over 800 Marines at 150mph to do what’s called a vertical assault. All of these ships have well decks that can launch various landing craft or amphibious assault vehicles. The most impressive of these is the landing craft air cushioned, that has an over the beach capability and a speed of 40kts. It can reach more than 70 percent of the world's coastline, while conventional landing craft can land at only 15 percent of the world’s beaches. The ARG represents a mobile, flexible projection of power that operates independently—in benign environments. The ARG is vulnerable to air, surface, and undersea threats as well as mines. It also has no dedicated naval surface fire support, and it’s slow. With normal transit speeds of 12-15kts, it cannot keep up with a carrier battle group. These limitations will often require careful coordination with other forces to unleash the ARG’s awesome capabilities. Links are provided to additional information on the various ARG platforms.

Link to LHA/LHD (opens page in new window): Amphibious Assault Ships (LHA/LHD)

Link to LPD (opens page in new window): Amphibious Transport Docks (LPD)

Link to LSD (opens page in new window): Dock Landing Ships (LSD)

Link to LCAC/LCM/LCU/AAV (opens page in new window): Landing Craft, Air Cushioned (LCAC)/Landing Craft, Mechanized and Utility (LCM/LCU)/Assault Amphibian Vehicle (AAV)

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