Influence Squadron in Action
I caught this intriguing photo at the Navy website, which looked much like the Influence Squadron recently proposed to supersede our current Expeditionary Strike Groups in littoral waters. Here’s is the photo’s caption:
The Royal Malaysian Navy multi-role support ship KD Sri Indera Sakti, corvette KD Lekir and patrol vessel KD Handalan maneuver in formation with the amphibious dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) and the guided-missile destroyers USS Chafee (DDG 90) and USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) during a Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Malaysia 2009 exercise.
You have most everything you need here to project power in coastal waters without putting very expensive and vulnerable Blue Water battleships at risk for such mundane but important operations: an anti-air destroyer (would replace with guided missile corvette IMHO), an amphibious and mothership, corvettes for patrol duties, with all that is missing are the high speed vessels. Not a bad first start though!