Mine Warfare in the Littorals

Integrating naval mining and mine countermeasures capabilities with EAB forces will improve sea-control and denial operations.

The Navy and Marine Corps established expeditionary advanced base operations (EABO) as a foundational operating concept in 2019, and the Tentative Manual for Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations was signed in February 2021. The Marine Corps’ experiments with EABO are rapidly changing how and where the Marine Corps and supporting Navy formations will be organized, equipped, and deployed to compete and, if necessary, fight. Indeed, EABO is an intriguing operational concept well suited for great power competition in the Pacific, but naval mine warfare remains its missing ingredient.

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