Defense Utility of Commercial Vessels and Craft.
NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL WASHINGTON D C MARITIME TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH BOARD
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This report identifies military functions, required in an emergency or mobilization, whose performance may require the use of vessels and craft that normally are not included in contingency planning and describes the types, characteristics, and potential availability of vessels and craft that appear to have utility for these functions. Its scope excludes vessels owned or operated by the Department of Defense and the Coast Guard oceangoing commercial cargo ships, which already are included in national contingency planning and foreign-owned vessels. Vessel types included are ocean-classed tugs, ocean-classed barges, crane and derrick barges, offshore service and supply vessels, drillships and semisubmersibles, five categories of fishing vessels, oceanographic research vessels, dredges, floating drydocks, motor yachts, passenger-vehicle ferries, marine salvage vessels, and advanced marine vehicles air cushion vehicles, surface effect ships, and hydrofoils. The report identifies 13 general military functions that could be filled in whole or in part by the 17 types of vessels studied and provides 8 basic information sources to military planners and industry personnel.
- Surface Effect Vehicles and Amphibious Vehicles