Marines To Deploy On Revolutionary New Aqua-FOBs G-Had April 26, 2012 Marine Corps 20 Comments Follow Duffel Blog: 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. “We’ve had two decades worth of experience building FOBs, from Desert Storm to Afghanistan, and the Aqua-FOB is the culmination of our modern FOB-building technology,” said Lt. Gen. Kenneth J. Glueck, Commanding General of the III Marine Expeditionary Force. “Make no mistake. This will not be your father’s FOB, or even your older brother’s.” Traditionally, most FOBs are built out of available materials, usually sand and earth. Their simplistic design means that they can be constructed rather quickly, but carries some obvious limitations – like their inability to move or float on water. That’s where the US military came up with the idea to replace sand with steel. 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. To save both time and money, the first group of Aqua-FOBs will be a group of converted flat-deck ships called Amphibious Assault Ships, which the Marine Corps had been using for the last decade to transport battalions to and from the Middle East. “These Aqua-FOBs are a real change from Camp Fallujah,” said Lance Corporal Ken Sullivan, part of the first group of Marines on FOB USS Kearsarge. “We’ve still got a chow hall, a motor pool, and a flight line, but they’re all on top of each other.” 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!” However, other Marines see the Aqua-FOB as a deviation from the Marine Corps’ historical mission. “This mission is taking us further and further away from our roots as a second land army that conducts operations in the desert,” said Sergeant Major Rafael Busto, who has done over a dozen deployments to the Middle East since 1990. “Why would we need a sea-going FOB anyways? Did Al Qaeda suddenly build a navy?” Regardless, Lt. Gen. Glueck believes that the nay-sayers will eventually come around to the Aqua-FOB. “As Marines we have to be prepared to operate outside our comfort zone, and even though we’ve been deploying to the desert since Presley O’Bannon, I think the Marine Corps will eventually come around to the idea of being a seaborn force.” Still, Marines will have to adjust to some changes. “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.” Don't miss the next story.Get the latest news and alerts from Duffel Blog delivered to your inbox—free. Short URL: http://duffelblog.com/UIwBD Travis McColley says: December 15, 2013 at 6:17 PM Awesome job Mike Harris Sr. says: December 15, 2013 at 6:17 PM Let me get this straight, does the motor pool go above the flight line or does the chow hall? Is the Agua….I mean Aqua-FOB going to be anchored off Mexico? Stephen Maynard says: December 15, 2013 at 6:17 PM LMAO! Well done! Kris Langley says: December 15, 2013 at 6:17 PM LOL Joshpae White says: December 15, 2013 at 6:17 PM Twavis, do you want to be fwiends wiv me? Jack MacDonald says: December 15, 2013 at 6:17 PM FDLMAO Emilio Soto says: December 15, 2013 at 6:17 PM how do you guys think of this shit! its killing me hahah. Mike Jensen says: December 15, 2013 at 6:17 PM “even though we’ve been deploying to the desert since Presley O’Bannon” ohh shit that one had me laughin real good. Frank Thompson Sr. says: December 15, 2013 at 6:17 PM Brilliant.. Getting some Lifer Juice and waiting for the civilian comments. will be good for some laughs.. Semper Fi Michael Kies says: December 15, 2013 at 6:17 PM If you read the Bold Alligator AAR, you’d realize this story is essentially true…there’s been some challenges… Michael Sinclair says: December 15, 2013 at 6:17 PM This had me in stitches. Only a Marine can get the satire through out. This can fool every civilian as real journalism. Brilliant writing. I’ll pass it along. Chip Forst says: December 15, 2013 at 6:17 PM But where will the Marines sweep sand or draw penises on? Mark Collins says: December 15, 2013 at 6:17 PM Typically, once again, the Marine Corps recieves the sexy gear first, while the Army is still waiting for hovertanks. Walt Miller says: December 15, 2013 at 6:17 PM This is a a good one. Aqua FOBS RJ Adams says: December 15, 2013 at 6:17 PM “Bye bye Momma Dog!” LMFAO. Ryan Graham says: December 15, 2013 at 6:17 PM “This mission is taking us further and further away from our roots as a second land army that conducts operations in the desert,” said Sergeant Major Rafael Busto. – Absolutely brilliant! Joe Mitchell says: December 15, 2013 at 6:17 PM OK, for serious though – Anyone around who knows about the REAL “Aqua-FOBs”? The SS Wright & SS Curtiss? They’re not actually FOBs, in the sense we know them traditionally. What they are is a Marine Air maintenance facility, fully embarked on a converted Liberty ship. I did 1 Gulf tour on one, and three workups as well. It’s a pretty badass setup: A heavy lift helo brings in the gear, the ship’s crane lowers the cargo into the RORO hold, then it goes through the entire I-level and even some Depot level repairs, at sea, while underway. Although the septic system was only designed with a crew of like 10 people in mind so it’s always overflowing, and since the only squids on board are the chaplain crew & the docs there’s NOTHING in the way of “recreation and comfort” systems. You aren’t sleeping? Run laps around the Helo deck or just sit on the fantail and smoke cigarettes. Ain’t no internet on this boat. As far as I know they’re the only two ships the Corps owns – I’d love to hear from anyone else that was on one. Marcopolo McDowell says: December 15, 2013 at 6:17 PM LOL, “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.”. Read more: http://duffelblog.wpengine.com/2012/04/needs-photo-marines-to-deploy-on-revolutionary-aqua-fobs/#ixzz2VT9pu9u9. Follow us: @theduffelblog on Twitter | duffelblog on Facebook. Dave says: October 5, 2012 at 1:21 PM I’ll bet they are painted grey, not desert camo.