This paper examines the problem of the manning of merchant ships to provide strategic sealift in time of war. It is the author's belief, that, while progress is being made to meet wartime contingencies, the ability to man the ships is steadily declining. Changes in the manning situation between 1978 and 1987 are explored, and projections for the year 2000 are presented. The paper disputes the commonly held belief that it is the U.S. government's role to ensure that the U.S.-flag merchant marine remains robust. It is suggested that a better way to achieve the national strategic sealift objective is through the use of the Naval Reserve, and the implementation of a somewhat restricted U.S. flag of convenience.

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    Naval War College

    Newport, RI  United States 
  • Authors:
    • Watts, J T
  • Publication Date: 1988-5-12

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  • Accession Number: 00656799
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Maritime Technical Information Facility
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 21 1994 12:00AM