Navy Ship Deployments: New Approaches - Background and Issues for Congress [Updated February 1, 2008] [open pdf - 71KB]
From the Summary: "The Navy has implemented new kinds of naval formations, more flexible forward deployment schedules, and a ship readiness plan (called the Fleet Response Plan, or FRP) for surge-deploying several aircraft carriers in a short period of time to respond to contingencies. The Navy has also forward-home-ported additional ships, experimented with long-duration deployments with crew rotation (which the Navy calls Sea Swap), investigated multiple-crewing of ships, and is experimenting with a new forward deployment concept called global fleet stations, or GFSs. These actions raise several potential issues for Congress. This report will be updated as events warrant."
CRS Report for Congress, RS21338