Navy-Marine Corps Amphibious and Maritime Prepositioning Ship Programs: Background and Oversight Issues for Congress [August 5, 2004]   [open pdf - 125KB]

From the Summary: "As of the end of FY2003, the Navy operated 36 amphibious ships, and the Military Sealift Command operated 16 maritime prepositioning force (MPF) ships for the Marine Corps. The Navy is currently building a new amphibious assault ship called LHD [landing helicopter dock]-8 and is also procuring new LPD [landing platform/dock]-17 class amphibious ships. A total of 12 LPD-17s are planned; the FY2005 budget requests funding for the seventh. Current Navy plans call for procuring an additional amphibious ship called LHA[landing helicopter assault](R) in FY2008, and for starting procurement of two new types of MPF ships, called MPF(F) and MPF(A), in FY2007 and FY2009, respectively. Two recent developments are causing the Navy to reconsider its current plans for procuring amphibious and maritime prepositioning ships. One is a new concept of operations for conducting expeditionary operations ashore, called enhanced networked sea basing, or sea basing for short. The other is a new concept for crewing and deploying Navy ships called Sea Swap. Navy and Marine Corps officials in recent months have suggested these two developments will affect both the quantities and designs of amphibious and maritime prepositioning ships to be procured in coming years, but have not stated in detail what the resulting changes might be. […] This report will be updated as events warrant."

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