It happened because part of us are always at sea. The Navy helps provide security for all the sea lift which brings real combat power to the land fight, and sustains it once there. We keep the sea lanes of communication secure, while buttressing traditional allies in both South Asia and the Pacific Rim – something the Army would have a hard time doing in any case due to the tyranny of distance, and is far too overstretched to accomplish in today’s environment. And when push comes to shove, we shove back. Hard.
Don’t get me wrong, Mr Peters is right in his larger concerns about the nexus of national interest in Asia, and you’ll never hear a word from me in disparagement of the ground forces – they’re doing the heroes’ work right now.
It’s just worth saying that your US Navy has been patrolling the world’s hard places for a long, long time now. Even while other folks were comfortably ensconced in garrison. Your humble scribe did three interbellum deployments to the bad place, and looked the wolf in the eye each time on multiple missions in Indian Country. And this naval officer is by no means feeling relieved that he finally has a mission at last.
Been busy, Mr. Peters. Busy long time.
Thanks for finally noticing.
There’s more – go read it.