ESQD Arcs for Maritime Prepositioning Ships
NAVAL SURFACE WARFARE CENTER INDIAN HEAD DIV MD
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The United States Marine Corps operates 13 Maritime Prepositioning Ships MPS. Each of these ships can contain up to 1.3 million pounds Net Explosive Weight NEW of all types of Marine Corps munitions. These ships are periodically returned to Blount Island in the St. Johns River, Jacksonville, Florida, for refurbishment of their equipment. At an NEW of 1.3 million pounds, the standard value of the inhabited building distance encroaches upon several private dwellings. In order to address this problem, the U.S. Navy has conducted a large scale test NEW of over 500,000 pounds and series of analyses to determine a more realistic estimate of the inhabited building distance. This report presents the background and history of the problem, describes the set-up and conduct of the event, and summarize the data collected and its interpretation. One outcome of this program was the reduction of both the inhabited building distance and the public traffic route distances by approximately 18. These ranges were driven by airblast and not by fragmentation.
- Marine Engineering
- Ammunition and Explosives