A Commercial Approach to Sea Basing -- Afloat Forward Staging Bases

Carmel, Stephen M.
January 2004
U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings;Jan2004, Vol. 130 Issue 1, p78
Conference Proceeding
Conversion of commercial container vessels to afloat forward deployed staging base platforms offers the U.S. Navy the common sense solution to special operation forces and conventional forces support requirements worldwide. Modular construction, reliance on container offloading and transfer system (COTS) and a focus on actual needs as opposed to overengineering produces a reliable vessel that meets all foreseeable needs at a much lower cost than new ship construction. Because of the innovative design and construction techniques used in the conversion process, advanced forward staging bases can re-invent themselves and adapt quickly to everchanging missions.


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