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Welcome: 12 MLR

That's going to require a lot of new training for the Platoon commanders and Company Commanders.

There is a concurrent effort to raise the rank level one grade from the Fire Team on up, both at the NCO and commissioned level.

One way to put the pieces of the puzzle together, focusing on the MLR vice the MEUs and MAGTF might be this:

1x Marine Littoral Regiment
1x Combat Logistics Battalion
9x LSM

1x Littoral Anti-Aircraft Battalion
1x Headquarters and Support Battery
1x Air Control Battery
1x Sensor Platoon
1x FAD Platoon
1x Air Control Platoon1x Air Control Platoon
1x GBAD Platoon1x GBAD Platoon1x GBAD Platoon1x GBAD Platoon
1x Ground Based Air Defense Battery

6x NSM6x NSM6x NSM6x NSM6x NSM6x NSM
1x Section1x Section1x Section1x Section1x Section1x Section
1x Platoon1x Platoon
1x ASM Battery

1x Platoon1x Platoon1x Platoon1x Platoon1x Platoon1x Platoon
1x Rifle Company (EABO)1x Rifle Company (EABO)
1x Platoon1x Platoon1x Platoon
1x Rifle Company (QRF)
1x Littoral Combat Team

Apologies for the XL formatting but...

Marine Littoral Regiment Colonel has under command a Logistics Battalion with 9 Landing Ship Medium (LSM) attached, an infantry battalion of 811 designed to operate in large, autonomous platoons, a Light Anti-Aircraft Battalion and the key element, an Anti-Ship Missile Battery, These are in addition to attached elements like LRUSVs and Reapers as well as Corps assets (MEUs and MAGTFs) as well as USN Assets which are likely to include flotillas of 40 knot LCSs and EPF/JHSVs.

As noted the key element in the MLR is the Anti-Ship Missile battery equipped with 18 launchers each mounting 2 NSMs with ranges of up to 250 km. The 18 launchers are grouped in sections of 3 with a total of 6 ready to launch missiles in each section. This compares usefully with the 8 ready to launch NSMs mounted on each of the Independence class LCSs. There are 15 of those vessels currently active. Equally distributed that would allow 5 platforms to support each of the MLRs

There are two platoons of three sections in the ASM battery. If a section is broadly equivalent to an LCS in terms of NSMs then the MLR commandant would have 6 "Stone LCS" with 6 NSMs each and 5 "Mobile" LCS with 8 NSMs each. The Stone LCS sections of the battery would be deployed by means of the LSMs to dig in on islands, rocks and sandbars.

The MLR commandant would then have three primary fire units, one unit of NSMs on fast moving ships and two platoons of NSMs deployed on islands creating choke points and channels.

Each of the two ASM/NSM platoons would have its own protective force.

The Light Anti Aircraft Battalion seems to conform with two Air Control Platoons and 4 GBAD platoons.

That might suggest to me that the MLR commander will be deploying to cover two sectors, each with and Air Control Platoon and 2 GBAD Platoons supplying protection to 1 ASM/NSM platoon. The ASM/NSM platoon is likely to be dispersed under the ACPs umbrella as three separate sections.

Continuing on from there the MLR has his infantry battalion available to supply close protection for the ASM/NSM and LAAB assets.

His infantry battalion of 811 is being task organized into three large companies with their own medical, sigs, int and log assets. Effectively they are becoming small battalions rather than large companies. That 50 km company now starts to make a bit more sense to me.

The MLR commander is likely to assign two of his companies forwards to supply close protection to the artillery assets and retain the third company as a Quick Reaction Force to intervene when his forward elements get into trouble, perhaps working in conjunction with his 5 LCS ships.

The forward companies would be divided into three platoons providing cover for each of three ASM/NSM sections of the ASM Platoon in each ACP sector.

Final configuration?

Air Control Platoon Sector Left and Air Control Platoon Sector Right

ACP Sector
2x GBAD Platoon
1x ASM/NSM Platoon organized in 3 sections with 3 launch vehicles and 6 ready to fire NSM missiles
1x Rifle Company Team organized in 3 large platoons, each covering off one of the ASM/NSM sections
That sector group would comprise 7 platoons plus support and would be deployed on three LSMs

Requirements for the ship call for an LSM capable of carrying at least 75 Marines, hauling 600 tons of equipment, and having an 8,000 square foot cargo area, a NAVSEA spokesperson told USNI News last week.

It is possible that the Marines LAW/LSM could end up overlapping with the Army's larger Heavy Landing Ship

To complement its existing acquisition program for a light landing vessel, the Army seeks to build a much larger 400-foot landing ship dubbed the Maneuver Support Vessel - Heavy (MSV-H). With a payload of up to 175 soldiers and their equipment, it would have more than twice the capacity of the Marine Corps' LSM. The Army is looking for a design that can move at 18 knots, about 50 percent faster than its current vessels, project manager Wolfgang Petermann told Breaking Defense this week.

Based on the initial specifications for a similar Maneuver Support Vessel (Next) program released by the Army in 2020, the vessel would have a payload of about 1,200 dwt and would be capable of operations in Sea State 7 conditions. Reflecting the Army's practically-minded approach to maritime operations, the specification has stringent requirements for ease of repair.

In reserve the MLR commander would have the 5 ship LCS flotilla (with a couple of EPF/JHSVs as MRTs and TCVs) and a large rifle company team of about 300 as a QRF.

Conveniently the EPF/JHSVs have airline seating for 312 troops.

One question remains - in the Air Control sector who is in command? The Air Defence Platoon commander, the Anti-Ship platoon commander or the Rifle Company commander?