This paper discusses the problems associated with establishing a pool of selected National Defense Reserve Fleet ships required to provide immediate Merchant Marine support to the Department of Defense during limited conflicts or military assistance operations. Ships from the National Reserve Fleet have been called upon to respond to national shipping crises arising from actions concerning Korea and Southeast Asia. Each time the National Defense Reserve Fleet was called upon to supplement the Merchant Marine tonnage required to support a particular crisis, the Reserve Fleet ships were able to meet the need. Recent moves by U.S. Flag Operators toward intermodal ships have highlighted the value of Break-Bulk Ships in the National Defense Reserve Fleet. To meet specific emergency military requirements of the Department of Defense, the Maritime Administration working with the Navy is developing a program of Rapid Response Reactivation for Victory Ships from the National Defense Reserve Fleets. These self-sustaining ships are capable of carrying a wide variety of essential military cargoes required by current Department of Defense contingency plans.

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    American Society of Naval Engineers

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  • Authors:
    • Bryan, R A
    • Sparks, C J
  • Publication Date: 1977-4

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  • Accession Number: 00157854
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Naval Engineers Journal
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 4 1977 12:00AM