..I agree....tanks would've been helpful at Blackhawk Down ....or if the enemy has armored vehicles....... I thought we had a platoon of tanks with our MAU in 1987... [ I've got pics of them in Tunisia and Honduras-- if you want me to post them, please advise ] ...we had tanks fire at a range in Sardinia, at night = which was cool to seeI could be wrong but isn't focussing exclusively on light forces making unopposed landings an even narrower focus? Also aren't tanks even more critical in other than landings requiring massive landing forces? A troop (US platoon) of tanks would make even more difference to the effectiveness and survivability of a small, light force than a regiment or brigade sized force.
....they don't have to land in all the ops, just if necessary....it's an extra option for the commander
..but I thought they got rid of all the LSTs?! I was on the Manitowoc and Sumter -88' and 89' South America
[ I use the word ''thought'' because this was over 30 years ago, and my father would use the same terms/language/verbiage ]