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.
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms. US Department of Defense 2005.
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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.