Military leaders discuss maritime strategy

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -- Leaders from the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard are gathering in Durham for a conference to promote the importance of U.S. sea power.

Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James T. Conway spoke about the U.S. Maritime Strategy during the conference's keynote address Thursday.

Conway said the U.S. should equip sea bases with ground combat troops and aircraft that can quickly respond to emergencies in countries that won't allow war ships into port.

He said the bases could allow U.S. forces to move around hostile countries rather than needing to seize airfields and ports.

The U.S. Maritime Strategy is a cooperative agreement among the services that is intended to protect American interests at the same level as wartime.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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