An aging and inactive government fleet dependent on a shrinking pool of merchant mariners to get underway is how a new report describes the U.S. military’s strategic sealift capability.
Inaccurate surge sealift fleet readiness reporting misled geographic combatant commanders about their ability to quickly receive equipment resupplies, according to a Department of Defense Inspector General’s report. Read More
ARLINGTON, Va. — When U.S. Transportation Command tested the ability of the nation’s maritime Ready Reserve Force to set sail on short notice, only about 40 percent of the vessels deemed ready were able to leave port. Read More
This post was updated to properly identify the Ready Reserve Force. An earlier version included an incorrect title of the force.
THE PENTAGON — U.S. Transportation Command started the largest turbo activation of the Ready Reserve Force since 2003 to stress-test the military’s ability to quickly deploy the cargo ships required for a massive troop movement.
The following is the August Government Accountability Office report, Navy Readiness Actions Needed to Maintain Viable Surge Sealift and Combat Logistics Fleets. Read More
General Dynamics NASSCO started work on the fifth mobile sea base to act as a lily pad for Marine, special operations forces and Navy mine countermeasure aircraft, the company announced. Read More
The Navy is still determining the level of damage incurred on a nuclear ballistic missile submarine and a Military Sealift Command support vessel following a collision last week, service officials told USNI News on Monday. Read More
General Dynamics NASSCO has been awarded a $106.2 million long lead contract for Navy’s third Expeditionary Mobile Base (ESB) – formerly known as the Afloat Forward Staging Base – according to a Pentagon contract announcement. Read More
The Navy announced its new picks for the service’s special operations and military sealift commands. Read More