Follow-On and Resupply Shipping Assets for a Representative Marine Corps Situation.
DAVID W TAYLOR NAVAL SHIP RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER BETHESDA MD
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The delivery of cargo to an unimproved beachhead area in support of a contingency amphibious military operation is investigated. The report encompasses an in-depth examination of system requirements, including ships required, ship-to-shore transfer units required, and the interfacing of all systems components. Results of alternate system configurations utilizing various components are examined in the light of the need to meet a predetermined cargo delivery requirement curve. Results of the study indicate that the numbers of transfer craft required for ship-to-shore transportation are largely dependent upon the merchant ship fleet configuration used. Also, system effectiveness is increased by minimizing the use of break bulk ships in favor of other ships with faster cargo transfer systems if suitable facilities are avilable, e.g., container and LASH ships. For example by substituting 12 containerships for 24 break bulk ships, ship-to-shore transfer craft requirements for break bulk carriers are reduced by 41, while delivery shortfall is reduced by 67.
- Surface Effect Vehicles and Amphibious Vehicles
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics