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Difference Between Navy and Marines

Navy vs Marines

The naval wing of the armed forces of the US comprises navy, marines and the coast guards. All three have different roles and responsibilities. Whereas navy in totality is responsible for the safety of the US territorial waters, the coastal areas are manned by coast guards to keep an eye on any suspicious movement along all entry and exit points. While it is navy that ensures that US waters are safe and the country can make safe use of its waters all the time, the marines help in any operation against the enemy as they are trained accordingly to take part in all ambitious missions. This article will highlight the differences between the navy and the marines.

While the marines were constitutes at the same time as navy in 1775 mainly to secure a landing force for the navy, they were made a separate force in 1798 through a special act of the parliament in 1798. Though marines are considered to be experts in taking part in ambitious missions, they are trained to be equally good in ground combat. They specialize in clearing and making a route for the navy to launch an assault on the enemy. Marine Corps are easier and faster in deployment as compared to naval or army troops. This is why their services are required every now and then by navy to launch attacks on enemies through naval routes.

Just because they are marines, one should not think that they do not have any air power. Marine Corps have their own aircrafts and attack helicopters that they make use of while securing a route for the navy to move ahead. However, in sheer numbers and paraphernalia, marines often need the help and assistance of navy for their missions. For example, marines have to rely on the doctors provided to them by navy in combat situations.

While Marine Corps continue to be a part of the navy, they are an autonomous body with a different command system, different uniform, objectives and missions than navy. Marines detest being labeled as foot soldiers of navy. Head of US marines does not report to navy officials but to civilian secretary of the navy. As told earlier, marines have different missions than navy, and an important part of their duty is to provide security to all US embassies and military installations of the US worldwide.

In brief:

• While navy is a part of three wings of armed forces, marines are a part of the navy

• Marine Corps is an autonomous body having a separate command system than navy

• Marines specialize in combat situations and are used by navy on special missions

• Marines secure routes for navy for launching assault

• Being lighter marines need very little time for deployment.


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