Navy Ship Deployments: New Approaches - Background and Issues for Congress [Updated October 20, 2006] [open pdf - 40KB]
From the Summary: "The Navy is implementing or experimenting with new kinds of naval formations, more flexible forward-deployment schedules, forward-homeporting additional Navy ships, long-duration deployments with crew rotation (which the Navy calls Sea Swap), and a new concept called global fleet stations. These changes raise several potential issues for Congress. This report will be updated as events warrant."
CRS Report for Congress, RS21338