DUAL USE OF HEAVY LIFT SHIPS AS MAINTENANCE PLATFORMS AND TRANSPORTS FOR MINE WARFARE SHIPS

Today, the US Navy is faced with worldwide requirements for Mine Countermeasure Ships (MCMs). The size and propulsion characteristics of these ships make "heavy lifting" around the world a viable option. The heavy lift method of ship transport has been used successfully in the past for ships of this class. During the Gulf War (1990-1991), the US Navy determined the fastest and most efficient way to transport mine warfare ships to and from the Arabian Gulf was via a Dutch heavy lift ship. This mode of transport affords a drydocking opportunity, where critical pre- or post-deployment underbody maintenance can be completed. The heavy lift ship provides a potential in-theatre docking platform asset for emergent underbody work to be performed while the ship is in transit. This paper describes in detail previous heavy lift experiences, including specifics regarding capabilities, limitations, and lessons learned. It also discusses the feasibility for future heavy lifts for up to four MCMs.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Naval Engrs J, v 107 n 5, Sept 1995, p 33 [18 p, 7 ref, 20 fig]
  • Authors:
    • Hepburn, R D
  • Publication Date: 1995

Language

  • English

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00718573
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: British Maritime Technology
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 27 1996 12:00AM