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Military Sealift and Expanding MAGTF Ground Mobility Procurements

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The Marine Corps has organized its forces into capability sets that allow for the rapid insertion and build-up of combat forces world wide. This construct is based around the smallest form of the Marine air ground task force MAGTF, the Marine expeditionary unit MEU, which is constantly afloat aboard the Expeditionary strike group ESG. The MEU and the amphibious ships that make up the ESG provide a forcible entry capability to any location in the littoral regions of the globe. Once the MEU conducts forcible entry it is then followed by fly-in forces of the Marine expeditionary brigade MEB and one Maritime Preposition Shipping MPS Squadron MPSRON that carries the required equipment and material necessary to sustain combat operations for a protracted period of time. MPS is a method by which the Marine Corps forward deploys modern equipment and materiel to support combat operations abroad. This concept is unique in that the equipment is not just preloaded onto vessels the principle end items are managed under a rigorous maintenance system and the MPS vessels are always at sea. The Marine Corps MPS program is made up of 3 MPS Squadrons with approximately 5 commercial vessels each. At present, a significant shortfall in deck space exists on available MPF ships to accommodate the rise in ground vehicle procurements. Also, these heavier platforms cause the MPS ships to exceed maximum weight before filling up deck space. To accommodate the additional vehicles, the NavyMarine Corps needs to procure an additional 2 ships per MPS Squadron to make each squadron 7 ships each. The additional ships will ensure that the MPS fleet can meet strategic sealift needs, fulfill proper ship yard maintenance, and provide maximum flexibility to the COCOM through the MAGTF. To maintain military sealift independence the Marine Corps should increase the size of the MPS Squadron or tailor combat vehicle procurements to conform to MPS load parameters.

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  • Surface Transportation and Equipment
  • Marine Engineering
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
  • Combat Vehicles

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