Uses of Commercially Chartered Heavy Lift Ship for Auxiliary Naval Operations: A Summary Report
Technical rept. 1 Jan-11 May 2007
NAVAL SURFACE WARFARE CENTER CARDEROCK DIV BETHESDA MD SHIP SYSTEMS INTEGRATION AND DESIGN DEPARTMENT
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The purpose of this report is to summarize the work conducted to explore the feasibility of using commercial chartered heavy lift ships for auxiliary naval operations. The premise is that the Navy cannot afford a series of unique classes of ship to provide all the required auxiliary naval operations. Therefore, the concepts developed in this study focused on methods of using existing technology and systems as modular platforms that will act in conjunction with a commercial chartered heavy lift ship. This study focuses on three specific concepts that involve using a heavy lift ship to serve as either a maintenance and repair ship, a mobile casualty receiving ship or a disaster relief ship. Each concept is presented with a space analysis and a 3-D CAD model. Sea keeping is not assessed as part of this study.
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