Amphibious warfare ships are the centerpiece of the Navy-Marine Corps presence, forcible entry, and seabasing capabilities and continue to play critically essential roles in global operations. These ships are equipped with aviation and surface assault capabilities that, when coupled with their inherent survivability and self-defense systems, support a broad range of mission requirements.
The United States maintains the largest and most capable amphibious force in the world. Amphibious warfare ships are designed to support the Marine Corps tenets of Operational Maneuver from the Sea (OMFTS) and Ship to Objective Maneuver (STOM). They are able to maneuver in harm’s way and facilitate the rapid employment and sustainment of combat power in the face of opposition. Given their inherent capabilities, these ships will continue to be called upon to support the full range of military operations from disaster relief, foreign humanitarian assistance, noncombatant evacuation operations, other crisis response missions, to major combat operations.