Accession Number:

ADA415144

Title:

Logistical Analysis of the Littoral Combat Ship

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA DEPT OF OPERATIONS RESEARCH

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2003-03-01

Pagination or Media Count:

96.0

Abstract:

The purpose of the Littoral Combat Ship LCS is to provide the Navy with an affordable, small, multi-mission ship capable of independent, interdependent, and integrated operations inside the littorals. The LCS will be designed to replace high-value Naval assets when conducting high-end missions such as littoral Anti-Submarine Warfare ASW, Mine Warfare MIW, and Anti-Surface Warfare ASuW as well as low-end missions such as Humanitarian Assistance HA, Non-combatant Evacuation Operations NEO, and Maritime Intercept Operations MIO. To accomplish these missions and successfully counter the enemys littoral denial strategy, the Navy has stated that the LCS must incorporate endurance, speed, payload capacity, sea-keeping, shallow-draft, and mission reconfigurability into a small ship design. Constraints in current ship design technology make this desired combination of design characteristics in small ships difficult to realize at any cost. This thesis analyzes the relationship between speed, endurance, and payload to determine the expected displacement of the LCS determines the impact of speed, displacement, and significant wave height on LCS fuel consumption and endurance and analyzes the implications of findings on LCS logistics. The Joint Venture high-speed, wave-piercing catamaran is utilized in this thesis as the LCS seaframe to demonstrate the logistical implications of the speed, endurance, and payload tradeoffs with respect to the modular design of the ship. The weight and space requirement of each onboard and modular system is determined and added to that of the Joint Venture seaframe. Factors considered for full displacement calculations include the base seaframe, installed weapons systems, command and control systems and sensors, personnel and supply load levels, fuel storage capacity, ordnance load levels, and modular systems embarked manned and unmanned air and sea vehicles. 30 tables, 13 figures, 37 refs.

Subject Categories:

  • Operations Research
  • Marine Engineering
  • Naval Surface Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE