assault echelon


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assault echelon

In amphibious operations, the element of a force comprised of tailored units and aircraft assigned to conduct the initialassault on the operational area. Also called AE. See also amphibious operation.
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The plan now is to build up to 11 "big deck" amphibious assault ships--eight LHDs and three LHA(R)s--and dedicate them all to the assault echelon.