Renewal of Navy's Riverine Capability: A Preliminary Examination of Past, Current and Future Capabilities
Published Date: March 1, 2006
The Director, Deep Blue (OPNAV N3/5), asked the Center for Naval Analyses to conduct a quick turnaround analysis that examines a range of issues related to the Navy’s decision to establish a riverine capability. This report examines the history of riverine warfare, identifies the services’ current capabilities for riverine operations, defines maritime domain as it applies to brown-water operations, identifies where riverine operations might occur, and identifies operational and functional tasks that might be employed by a riverine force. It also examines how well the Naval Expeditionary Combat Command's (NECC's) projected capability (Riverine Group) fits across a range of military operations.