The new Hawaii unit is part of sweeping changes the Marine Corps wants to make over the next decade as it reorganizes its forces to deter war with either China or Russia, but win if it comes to that.
The naval expeditionary force wants to shrink its numbers by 12,000 (186,000 are in the Corps now); get rid of its tanks, leaving that capability to the Army; and specialize in the littoral.
Divestiture of traditional capabilities would result in a potential savings of $12 billion—to be reallocated toward emerging threats posed foremost by China.
‘The Marine Corps is at an inflection point, and we must change,’Commandant Gen. David Berger told the Marine Corps Association and Foundation in last November.
A military force dispatched to fight in a foreign country.
The littoral combat ship is a new family of surface ships for the US Navy.