are you aware of your source?
http://www.duffelblog.com/2012/04/ne...ary-aqua-fobs/Camp Hansen, Okinawa – After more than a decade of war, the Marine Corps is beginning a new mission oriented towards the Pacific Ocean. But in keeping with its traditions as a desert-deployed force, Marines will be bringing their beloved-Forward Operating Bases (or FOBs) with them, and the key to this new mission is the Aqua-FOB.
While a normal FOB is constructed on-site near a piece of key terrain, the new Aqua-FOB is actually assembled thousands of miles away at a US naval shipyard. First, the main berm, or “keel” is laid, followed by the rest of the berm, or “hull”. The flight-line, or “flight deck” goes on top, as well as the other buildings, or “decks”. Lastly, the ECP, or “gangway” is added to allow Marines to enter or exit the FOB.
It reminds me of either the barges used in either Operation Prime Chance & Earnest Will or from the movie Waterworld.
The article outlines it in a pretty basic format, maybe some of the other members will have insight?
This Maersk ship is (unlike the above article, serious), and in my opinion, pretty cool.
(Has more info about the Maersk AFSB)
Their "beards equal better fighting prowess"-article got some people confused too. Beards are so awesome, that they wanted to believe.
"Marines will be bringing their beloved-Forward Operating Bases (or FOBs) with them..."
By the way, for those who remember the plans to re-commission the USS Ponce as a floating base for SOF, she is now known as AFSB(I) 15 Ponce. (Afloat Forward Staging Base (Interim) 15).
Some nice quotes from the "news" article:
Corporal Dominick Franco, who’s stood post at three different FOBs over his career, was also excited. ”They’ve even upgraded the gun platforms. Instead of a SAW or a 240B, they have this gun called the Phalanx that can shoot-off something like a dozen rounds a second! Man, I can’t wait to stand post with that! Bye-bye Momma Dog!”“I’m used to only dealing with a couple sailors, but here they’re everywhere,” exclaimed Sergeant Alan Michaels. As part of a deal with the Navy, the Aqua-FOBs will be staffed and operated primarily by naval personnel.
“I went up to one yesterday to complain about a rash I had, and he got all pissed off and said he was a radar operator. How was I supposed to know not all sailors are Corpsman? I even saw a full-bird Colonel yesterday, but the sailors kept calling him ‘captain’ for some reason.”