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Even if they *are* squids...

...the have some neat kit.

07/17/2013 - U.S. Sailors and Marines conduct well deck operations July 17, 2013, during a combat rubber reconnaissance craft and landing craft, air cushion joint force exercise aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) while underway in the Coral Sea for Talisman Saber 2013. Talisman Saber is a combined biennial exercise between the U.S. and Australian militaries designed to enhance both nations’ ability to respond to regional contingencies. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Andrew B. Church, U.S. Navy/Released)



What ???  More "maritime mobility experts" ??? 
 I'm sure there are a few Jarheads in the picture too. Squids are the transport for Navy's bellhops.
Just as long as you recognize that squids are a form of sea life superior to all forms of Marine life.

That said..... Go Gator Navy!
Let's see, "maritime mobility experts"??? What is your suggestion, are you suggesting swimming? They may be "Jarheads, but they're not stupid! Yes, let's study the logistics of any move that we might contemplate, BEFORE we start. Let's work the bugs out now and not then. No, I was not a member of the US Navy or Marines. I would just hope that we would try something VERY radical like using COMMON SENSE. I forgot that it was so rare especially with government. In your comment, I see a VERY complex mix of the truth, common sense and a VERY appropriate dosage of humor. This actually shows me a gread deal about your intellect, you are no fool.


CRUMPY       8 * )
 Sadly, The target they sallied from, would most likely be a new born reef before this picture could be taken in the real world. My youngest son at 4 yrs. old told our barber that there were only two kinds of ships in the Navy........submarines and targets. (The barber was a Korean war Marine. He gave me a dirty look.) My boy was correct.
Hey, a well deck.  What a novel idea.  

And glenn, as for being targets, is that the rusting remains of your boat clanking against the bootom after the shaping fight and the MEA was established?   
Heh. Extract some words from that. "combat rubber reconnaissance"  That's just funny. We can make more funnies from the press release, but I leave that as an exercise for the students.

From what sense I can extract from the press release, and examining the pic, that looks like some Marines are exercising with their amphibious vehicle in conjunction with a Navy ship. So, why didn't they say that?
 Because they are DoD propagandists, and thus they must use their argot to confusticate, bebother, and sound pompously portentious.

I.e., they're from the government.
Good luck on the sub hitting the hovercraft!! I spent my time on SRN6's, which have now been replaced by AP1-88's in the Canadian Coast Guard. Funny if we stopped and went into "boating mode" it would freak out a pod of killer whales if nearby. I guess we "suddenly appeared" in their sonic world. We query the guys that listened to the hydrophone network that tracked whales. They indicated that they could hear a hovercraft to a certain extent, but it was difficult to track and locate. So I suspect subs would have the same problem as well.