Accession Number:

ADA626619

Title:

Mobile Landing Platform with Core Capability Set (MLP w/CCS): Combined Initial Operational Test and Evaluation and Live Fire Test and Evaluation Report

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE WASHINGTON DC OPERATIONAL TEST AND EVALUATION

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2015-07-01

Pagination or Media Count:

46.0

Abstract:

This document reports on the evaluation of test adequacy, operational effectiveness, operational suitability, cybersecurity, and survivability of the Mobile Landing Platform with the Core Capability Set MLP CCS. MLP CCS is a heavy-lift ship based primarily on the British Petroleum Alaskan Class crude oil tanker design. The CCS includes a raised vehicle deck RVD, vehicle transfer ramp VTR, and three Landing Craft Air Cushion LCAC vehicle lanes. MLP CCS is designed to moor skin-to-skin, at sea, with Large Medium-Speed Roll-on Roll-off LMSR ships for transfer of Marine Corps or Army rolling stock.1 This evaluation is based on data from a series of integrated test events, a dedicated end-to-end Initial Operational Test and Evaluation IOTE, and two Marine Corps fleet exercises. MLP CCS is operationally effective, provided that operations are conducted in a safe, well-guarded operations area and within relatively calm sea state conditions. MLP CCS demonstrated in operational testing that it can successfully support an at-sea transfer of various loads of equipment from an LMSR Navy cargo ship to LCAC vehicles, which then move the equipment to shore. When the MLP was positioned 25 nautical miles from the LCAC shore landing site, it met its timed transfer requirement, enabling Marine Corps equipment for a Reinforced Rifle Company to be moved to shore in less than 12 hours. Although operations in sea states higher than the required mid-Sea State 3 conditions were not directly observed, MLP CCS might encounter problems in such conditions VTR twist motion in higher seas will likely exceed the ramp s structural integrity. The MLP CCS is currently unable to operate with the Joint High Speed Vessel JHSV the JHSV ramp failed during the operational test due to the motion of the ships. Equipment transfers between these two ships are likely to fail even in calm seas.

Subject Categories:

  • Marine Engineering
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE