At Sea Personnel Transfer Concepts
Final rept. 22 May-1 Aug 2006
NAVAL SURFACE WARFARE CENTER CARDEROCK DIV BETHESDA MD
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At sea personnel transfer on any level is an operation that poses a problem for the modern Navy. Current operations are high risk, slow, inefficient, costly, and can only be accomplished in low sea states. As a result of this apparent gap in capability, ONR has deemed it necessary to form concepts which can evolve with the Navys ever changing vision of Sea Basing. ONR and NAVSEA have created a group within CISD to spur such developments. The specific goal of this group is to develop a conceptual solution to the problem of delivering high throughput transfer of assault personnel and associated assault logistics between two vessels underway in a seaway. After preliminary research three main concepts have been chosen for further development. The three concepts consist of a gondola idea which utilizes mooring lines and ski lift technologies, a rope bridge designed to be flexible and storable, and a spar ship on which hydraulic rampladders are stationed. Each of these ideas possesses potential to be a reasonable solution to the problem of at sea personnel transfer in high sea states. Development of each system will provide better insight to the capabilities of each system and how they might meet the requirements of the Navy.
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics