Renewed Investment in Amphibious Assault Vessels Unmasks Europe's Naval Fears

On Thursday, 26 May, it was announced by the UK MoD that the commando carrier HMS Ocean was to deploy off the coast of Libya, as part of Operation Ellamy. This move followed the deployment, earlier in the week, by France of their own assault carrier, the Tonnerre. Their arrival, along with accompanying helicopter gunships, was intended to break the on-going stalemate of the Libyan land war; and their deployment brings the total number of deployed NATO amphibious vessels to three, alongside the...
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