US Army seeks new watercraft to beef up Indo-Pacific capability

New watercraft sought by US Army to enhance Indo-Pacific capabilities

In an effort to get ready for operations in the Indo-Pacific zone, the Army is exploring a new watercraft initiative for the first time in decades.

A increased emphasis on the Army's fleet of boats has resulted from renewed attention to the Indo-[Pacific Command Area of Operations].

According to Peterson, "it is a pivotal period for Army watercraft" because the Army has not started a new watercraft program since the middle of the 1990s.

On October 10, the service entered the sea in Portland, Oregon with its first new prototype of the Maneuver Support Vessel (Light), marking a significant turning point.

When the Army officially receives the warship in February, testing of the capability will start.

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