SUSTAINING NAVAL SURFACE COMBATANT VERTICAL LAUNCH SYSTEM MUNITIONS DURING JOINT OPERATIONS
Technical Report,01 Aug 2016,15 Jun 2017
NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV NORFOLK VA NORFOLK United States
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Maintaining maritime dominance against near peer adversaries will tax an already complex logistics structure that depends upon freedom of movement to sustain operations. While the U.S. Navy is proficient in delivering fuel and other materiel via underway replenishment, it relies upon a network of airports and seaports. The Combat Logistics Force, operating from these facilities, carries this materiel and moves it the last tactical mile however, the Mark 41 Vertical Launch System VLS represents a critical vulnerability as it can only be reloaded while a ship is in port. Additionally, the Navy depends upon access to port facilities that are often in range of potential adversaries possessing anti-access and area denial weaponry. Protecting this infrastructure and sustaining naval operations requires the cooperation of the other Services to provide air defense, force protection, and just-in-time delivery of munitions via inter-theater air transport. A review of naval operations in the 20thCentury reveals operational insights and specific requirements for addressing MK 41 VLS replenishment in austere ports and anchorages. To minimize the burden on the Services for transportation and force protection and to gain increased agility in conducting prolonged combat operations at sea, the Navy should develop a balanced logistics force.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
- Ammunition and Explosives