Navy orders ‘floating base’ for quick Special Ops attacks

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The Navy has awarded a contract to convert a cargo ship into a “floating base for up to 200″ Special Ops troops and the biggest, baddest military helicopter, the Navy’s MH-53E, David Axe reports in War Is Boring blog.

“This is going to be a seriously capable ship,”says Tim Colton, a maritime consultant. One that the government has been trying to keep quiet, Axe notes.

“The call for bids went out through normal public channels,” Axe writes. “But the vague official descriptions of the vessel’s purpose have helped her escape wide notice.”

The floating base will allow Delta Force and SEAL commandos to sneak up on the enemy using jet skis, Axe says.

Read more at War is Boring.

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In wargame, China wins

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A writer on defense issues found a “harrowing lesson to be cautious about how we equip the U.S. military” when he played a new game that simulated a battle in the South China Sea and we lost.

Command: Modern Naval/Air Operations included an admiral and Naval War College staffers in beta testing in an attempt to simulate modern sea and air warfare. Continue reading

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