United States Army Puts Watercraft Sell-Off on Hold

The United States Army is putting its plan to divest nearly all its Army watercraft on hold - at least for now.  The cease order came from the the office of the Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy in a memo late Wednesday, a source familiar of the order has informed us. Units have also been ordered to put on hold the inactivation of watercraft positions and the transfer … [Read more...]

It Looks Like We Are Going To Have to Swim For It – The End of the Army’s Navy

Salvatore R. Mercogliano, Ph.D. - In June 1898, an American fleet arrived off the coast of Daiquiri, Cuba.  On board the ships, 16,000 men of the U.S. Army V Corps waited to offload and launch the invasion to liberate Cuba from the Spanish.  The thirty-eight transports came from the coastal and ocean-going merchant marine of the United States. Not since Vera Cruz … [Read more...]

U.S. Army to Divest a Majority of its Watercraft and Maritime Capability

By Michael Carr - U.S. Army Maritime capabilities will be radically reduced this year as the service deactivates and divests itself of numerous vessels, watercraft equipment, watercraft systems, Soldiers, and Units. At least eighteen (18) of its 35 Landing Craft Utility (LCU) will be sold off or transferred to the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Office (DRMO). Landing Craft … [Read more...]

Hurricane Relief – Where Are The US Army Watercraft?

    Why are Army LCUs & LSVs sitting at the dock at Ft Eustis VA and not underway heading to Puerto Rico?  By Michael Carr, US Army Watercraft Master (Ret) - Hurricane Harvey slammed into Texas, then Hurricane Irma collided with Puerto Rico and smashed through Florida, followed by Hurricane Maria devastating Caribbean Islands before decapitating … [Read more...]

US Army Ship Monterrey Aground In Alaska

The United States Coast Guard responded to a mayday call from the crew of a United States Army vessel after they reportedly struck an object and began taking on water in Chiniak Bay at 10:16 p.m. on Friday. A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew launched at 10:44 p.m., with dewatering and rescue equipment, to assist the Army crew aboard the Monterrey, … [Read more...]