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Old January 28th, 2011, 10:51 AM
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Default Inspired by US Naval Infantry


Decided to use my 'marines' purely for combat assaults, and use naval infantry for ship's troops, boarding and landing parties and base protection. I'd heard about the Russian naval infantry (not looked at that yet), but I did find this very interesting article on the history of US sailors as infantrymen. Great reading!

Sailors as Infantry in the US Navy

Combined with a bit of research on the US Coastguard, I think I've now designed the organisation of my ship's troops.

Bases will be secured by BSUs (Base Security Units), around a platoon in size commanded by an O-2 and composed of 3 10 man infantry sections and a 10 man 'boat crew' (commanded by an O-1 and manned by NCOs. This is modelled after US Coast Guard Port Security Units: Personnel are all from the gunnery branch, which, IMTU is called the Warfare Branch, and includes small-arms and zero-G training. There can be multiple BSUs on larger bases.

On ship, the gunners double as ship's troops. Any naval ship has an SST (Shipboard Security Team), commanded by the chief gunner (a PO). An SST is a squad of up to 8 people. Ships may operate multiple SSTs. They are adhoc, forming for particular events, with crewmen going back to gunnery duties. A line officer may command multiple SSTs (three or more).

That will do me for now, I'll have to see how the Russians do it...
Paul Elliott
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