Shifting Tides

The United States (U.S.)-flagged international commercial fleet today is dependent on key policies for national security because having an American-flagged commercial fleet available for the military in a time of war is critical. The military relies on American-owned and -crewed vessels rather than relying on foreign vessels to support American aims. There are many reasons for decline of the U.S.-flagged international fleet since the end of World War II. The growth or rebuilding of other countries’ economies, the rise of flags of convenience, and the sale of American-owned shipping lines to foreign interests, are just a couple reasons. This article discusses how holding on to remaining American vessels is a national security priority. The Maritime Security Program (MSP) is a federal maritime financial sustainment program that provides for a fleet of modern U.S.-flagged and U.S.-crewed militarily useful sealift assets operating in international trade.


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  • Accession Number: 01608467
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 18 2016 12:07PM