A Littoral Combat Ship Manpower Analysis Using The Fleet Response Training Plan
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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The Littoral Combat Ship, in its final steps toward employment, is an entirely new breed of U.S. Navy warship. USS FREEDOM LCS 1, scheduled to be commissioned in May 2007, introduces an advanced technological platform. It includes but is not limited to several new optimal manning and training concepts such as SHIPTRAIN and SMARTSHIP introduced by the U. S. Navy. The Littoral Combat Ship Wholeness Concept of Operations requires a crew to certify in 15 mission areas using its core crew and one additional mission area applicable to both the core crew and mission module personnel. Using a discrete event simulation tool called the Total Crew Model, this study analyzed the currently proposed Fleet Response Training Plan for Littoral Combat Ship. An examination using a 14-day training cycle snapshot of the 40 proposed crew members was found to be sufficient to sustain the ship through a training assessment phase. The snapshot evaluated crew endurances using 63, 67 and 70-hour workweeks. The modeling showed the 70-hour workweek satisfied the manpower requirement workload, as delineated in OPNAVINST 1000.16J. This workweek, however, exceeded core crew endurances by 594 hours and 42 of the crew exceeded acceptable fatigue levels. The models results indicate that eight additional core crew members are required to conduct the training assessment phase without exceeding core crew endurance.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography
- Marine Engineering