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U.S. Marines and sailors observe as Marines assigned to Amphibious Vehicle Test Branch, Marine Corps Tactical Systems Support Activity, maneuver an amphibious combat vehicle onto the well deck of the amphibious transport dock ship USS Somerset (LPD 25) as part of the vehicle’s developmental testing off the shore of Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 28, 2020. The Marines of AVTB are currently testing the Marine Corps’ newest amphibious vehicle, which will replace the current amphibious assault vehicle. The testing consisted of entering and departing a naval vessel to assess and verify how well the ACV can integrate with naval shipping. This was the first time Marines have operated the new vehicle while boarding and departing a ship.

Photo by Lance Cpl. Drake Nickels

Naval Integration

2 Aug 2021 | Courtesy Story The Official United States Marine Corps Public Website

The United States is a maritime nation.  Our security and prosperity depend on the seas. 

The Naval Service  — forward deployed and capable of both rapid response and sustained operations globally — remains America’s most persistent and versatile instrument of military influence. 

The Naval Service defends our Nation by preserving freedom of the seas, deterring aggression, and winning wars.  The cost of deterrence is always less than armed conflict.  Marine Corps stand-in forces deter with combat credible forces that deny threat access. To continue relevant support to deterrence, we must embrace new ways of operating within a mindset of integrated American sea power to generate better strategic choices.

 “A return to our historic role in the maritime littoral will also demand greater integration with the Navy and a reaffirmation of that strategic partnership.” Force Design Report 2030 (March 2020)

Integrated All-Domain Naval Power, leveraging the complementary authorities and capabilities of the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard, advances the prosperity, security, and promise of a free and open, rules-based order.

We will not employ Force Design 2030 changes in isolation; we will continue to integrate with the Navy and work more effectively with other elements of the Joint Force.


Into the Sea Photo by Cpl. Matthew Kirk
U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Ruben Arzate, attached to the "Lucky Red Lions" of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 363, lowers a payload from an MV-22B Osprey to the Ohio-class ballistic-missile submarine USS Henry M. Jackson (SSBN 730) in the vicinity of the Hawaiian Islands. Underway replenishment sustains the fleet anywhere/anytime. This event was designed to test and evaluate the tactics, techniques, and procedures of U.S. Strategic Command's expeditionary logistics and enhance the overall readiness of our strategic forces.

Our naval expeditionary force will reflect a holistic change to how we train and fight. Integrated operating concepts, capabilities, doctrine, personnel assignments, education and training will ensure that our naval team cannot be excluded from any region in a contested environment.

The focus on naval integration will enable us to:

• Serve as the Naval Expeditionary Force in Readiness

• Respond to global crises

• Prevail in day-to-day competition

• Secure key maritime terrain

• Contribute to sea control

• Enable Joint Forces’ access

• Strengthen alliances and partnerships


Advantage at Sea