Amphibious Warfare: Cold War Era

1946 Lieutenant General Geiger warns that atomic weapons threaten amphibious assaults
1948 USMC publishes doctrine for helicopter assaults
1949 General Omar Bradley argues there will be no more large-scale amphibious landings

U.S. Navy Amphibious Fleet declines after World War II

UN landing at Inchon (Operation CHROMITE) turns tide of Korean War

Planned landing at Wonsan, North Korea thwarted by mines

1956 First helicopter-carrying amphibious assault ship, USS Thetis Bay (CVAH-1; later LPH-6), is recommissioned

Anglo-French forces land in Egypt during Suez Crisis

1958 U.S. Marines land in Beirut during Lebanon Crisis
1961 Landing at Bay of Pigs, Cuba fails
1962 First U.S. amphibious transport dock (USS Raleigh, LPD-1) launched
1965 - 1972 U.S. conducts tactical amphibious landings during Vietnam War
1966 First operational air-cushioned craft

Operation Hastings III, Quang Tri Province, Vietnam

1967 Operation Beacon Hill, Vietnam

Operation Bold Mariner, Vietnam

1969 Operation Daring Rebel, Vietnam
1972 USS LaSalle (LPD-3) redesignated AGF-3
1973 Amphibious assault ship USS Tarawa (LHA-1) launched

Mayaguez Incident


USS Blue Ridge (LCC-19) relieves USS Oklahoma (CG-5) as flagship

1980 USS Coronado (LPD-11) redesignated AGF-11

U.S. landing in Beirut

British landings in Falkland Islands

1983 U.S. landing in Grenada
1984 First landing craft, Air Cushion (LCAC-1), enters service
1987 Amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD-1) launched
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