Members of the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Navy, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, as well as the Colombian navy, intercepted a go-fast boat laden with cocaine in the eastern Pacific Ocean earlier this month.
Back in July, U.S. Central Command tweeted a gnarly photo of Gen. Joseph Votel cruising aboard a Combatant Craft Assault boat, the stealthy multi-role watercraft designed to replace U.S. Special Operations Command’s smaller MkV Special Operations Craft and Naval Special Warfare Rigid Inflatable Boats for “inserting and extracting SOF in low-to-medium threat environment,” according to an unclassified SOCOM briefing. It’s a great shot of the CENTCOM chief rolling deep in the waters off the UAE coast doing his best impression of Col. William Guile's jet-black interceptor from the 1994 live-action disaster Street Fighter.
There’s nothing more fearsome than the sight of battle-hardened Marines storming an enemy beach, but even the service’s tried-and-true ship-to-shore maneuvers need for 21st-century warfare. Thanks to some engineering ingenuity, the Marine Corps may have found a new vehicle of choice for amphibious assaults.