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Maritime Prepositioning Ship Squadron (MPSRON) and Support Vessels
LT William Czopek, USN Expeditionary Warfare Training Group, Pacific USMC Expeditionary Logistics Branch, N571 DSN 577-2606, Commercial (619) 437-2606 william.czopek@navy.mil

Lesson Purpose

To familiarize the student with information on the staff composition, location, responsibilities, and vessel characteristics of the MPSRONs, as well as, characteristics of the Maritime Prepositioning Force (MPF) support vessels.
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References
• MCWP 3-32/NTTP 3-02.3, Maritime Prepositioning Force (MPF) Operations • COMSURFWARDEVGRU TACMEMO PZ0057-1-94, Aviation Logistics Support Ship (T-AVB) Operations

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Overview
 Squadron

Locations  Describe MPSRON Staff Composition  Define MPSRON & Merchant Marine Responsibilities  Detail MPSRON Vessel Composition & Characteristics
– Including Support Vessels
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MPF Triad
MPF

MPSRON

MAGTF
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Introduction

Concept is for Rapid Deployment of a MAGTF to link up with Prepositioned Equipment and Supplies on MPS Reduces strategic lift requirements  1 LMSR= 300 C-17 or 220 C-5 loads Provides credible and rapid global response  Warning order to MAGTF stand-up: 17-25 days Used to deter to “aggressors” MPS able to be underway within 24 hrs
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Introduction
Full MAGTF support (One Stop Shop)
USMC armor/tracked vehicles, artillery, ammo, fuel, water, food spread loaded  USN tactical comm and squadron staff (on flagship)  In-stream offload capability (undeveloped ports) – Lift-on/Lift-off (LO/LO) & Roll-on/Roll-off (RO/RO) to lighterage – Bulk liquids with ABLTS  Helicopter deck (USN certified) for PAX transfer  Approx 100 OPP Team berthing ISO cargo offload

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MPF Assets
“Floating Warehouses”  Line Items – 11,300  Pieces – 45.7 million  Cost – $3.103 billion – Not including maintenance, servicing and cost of ships
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MPSRON Locations

Three forward deployed squadrons each comprised of:

Maritime Prepositioning Ships (MPS)
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USNS – Owned by MSC Motor Vessel (MV) & Steam Ship (SS) – Owned by company MSC operates all MPS ships – USNS, MV, SS

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MPSRON- Active duty Navy squadron staff All MPS manned by merchant marines (civilians)

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MPSRON Locations

MPSRON One (II MEF)
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Forward deployed in the Mediterranean Sea No specific homeport (based on Status of Forces Agreements (SOFA)) Forward deployed in Diego Garcia (Indian Ocean) Forward deployed in Guam and Saipan (Pacific Ocean)
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MPSRON Two (I MEF)

MPSRON Three (III MEF)

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MPSRON Squadron
(notionally 4-6 ships per squadron)
Major End Items*
58 M1A1 Tanks 109 AAV’s (Amphib) 30 155mm Howitzers 52 TOWs 25 LAVs 289 MTVs 530 HMMWVs 10 Landing craft 46 Causeway sections 11 Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit (TEU)

Spreadloaded with combat equipment and sustainment for 30 days for 17,500 Marine Expeditionary Brigade (Includes NSE, NMCB, & FH).
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MPSRON offload

1 MPS offload = 1 MEU-sized MAGTF -Flag or Alt Flagship only support MEU-slice -Bobo & Kocak-class are used for flagship platforms 5-6 MPS offload = 1 MEBsized MAGTF 16 ships offload= MEF(FWD)sized MAGTF

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MAGTF Composition
Marine Air-Ground Task Force
Each MPS Squadron has: - Supports 17,500 Marines and Sailors Ground Combat Element •Infantry Regiment (Rein) •58 M1-A1 Tanks •52 TOWs •109 AAV’s •30 Howitzers •25 LAVs Aviation Combat Element •Support Equipment for: •73 Fixed Wing Aircraft •63 Helicopters •EAF •96’ x 3850’ Runway •Parking to support 75 A/C Logistics Combat Element •Supply/Maintenance •Motor Transport LCE •Engineer •Medical/Dental MPF-02 14 •Landing Support

COMMAND ELEMENT

GCE

ACE

Staff Composition MPSRON 1 & 3
SQUADRON CO USN CAPT
C H IE F S T A F F O F F U SN LC DR

OPS USN LT GM,OS

E N G /M A T O F F USN LT C IV IL IA N IT /E T

SUPPLY OFF USN LT YN,SK

C I V IL I A N M E D IC A L S E R V IC E S O F F .

F o rc e P ro te c tio n O ffic e r

Approx 15 PERS on MPSRONS 1 & 3; AC and Civilian
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Staff Composition

MPSRON 2 staff is LARGER – Responsible for Army and Air Force Afloat Prepositioning Ships (APS) in Diego Garcia – Additional Personnel:  Readiness Officer (USN LT)  Extra Enlisted Personnel: MMC, EM2 & PN2  Additional Civilian Medical Services Officer€ All MPSRON Staff serve 1-yr unaccompanied tour – Work from Flag Ship or Alternative Flagship; or shore facilities if available – Ships utilize anchorages and berths
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Naval Embarked Advisory Team (NEAT)
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Augments MPSRON Staff (Reserves) Assist Ships’ Master with tactical communications Activated for convoy operations 10 person detachment per MPSRON

3 Surface Warfare Officers, 3 Radiomen, 3 Quartermasters, and 1 Electronics Technician

Self-contained communications capabilities
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COMPSRON Responsibilities

Tactical control of ALL Afloat Prepositioning Force (APF) ships in area – Includes Army, USMC, Navy, USAF and DLA prepositioned ships MPS principal advisor – Military Sealift Command (MSC) administratively – # Fleet operationally Participate in planning MPF operations
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COMPSRON Responsibilities
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Participate in the offload planning process Evaluate Readiness of assigned ships (CASREPS) Develop and improve operational procedures for MPSRON support Conduct training for ships

AT/FP, convoy, communications

Develop self-defense / security plans – Coordinate/support seaward security in AAA
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COMPSRON Responsibilities

Monitor contractor arrangements for husbandry and services provided for MPS Serve as consular representative on merchant marine matters Coordinate port service requirements for the MPSRON
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COMPSRON Responsibilities

Arrange for bunkering and fueling at sea for MPS Provide billeting and messing for OPP
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1ST LT. JACK LUMMUS

1ST LT. JACK LUMMUS

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Merchant Marine

Military Sealift Command (MSC) leases some MPS – 25 year contracts Shipping companies provide – Vessels – Civilian manning – Operation of ships – Accommodations & services for MPSRON staff – Furnish ships fuel, food, repair parts, etc. – Rotate crews who are forward deployed
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Merchant Marine

Government responsible for:
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Insurance for “HIGH RISK” areas Extra civilian Bridge Watch Mate Operating loading and discharge mechanisms

MPS bound by law to comply with USCG Regulations
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MSC currently required to physically drydock the ships every 3 years Berthing – PAX cannot exceed lifeboat capacity
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MPSRON Vessels
Total: 16 Ships
Named after USMC Medal of Honor recipients

5 BOBO Class MPS
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5 HAUGE Class MPS
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USNS BOBO (2007) USNS WILLIAMS (2006) USNS LOPEZ (2006) USNS LUMMUS (2006) M/V BUTTON

M/V HAUGE M/V BAUGH M/V ANDERSON M/V PHILLIPS M/V BONNYMAN USNS MARTIN USNS STOCKHAM USNS WHEAT
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3 KOCAK Class MPS
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3 GOCO MPF(E)
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SS KOCAK SS OBREGON SS PLESS
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Afloat Prepositioning Force Locations
MPSRON One USNS Bobo – Flagship (MEU) USNS Wheat – Alt Flagship Location: Mediterranean MPSRON Three MV Anderson (MEU) MV Bonnyman MV Hauge – Alt Flagship USNS Lummus – Flagship USNS Martin SS Pless (MEU) USNS Pomeroy - USA MV Fisher - USAF SS Cape Jacob - USN MV Wheeler - DLA Location: Guam/Saipan

MPSRON Two MV Button (MEU) - Flagship SS Kocak (MEU) USNS Lopez SS Obregon (MEU) USNS Stockham USNS Williams MV Bennett - USAF MB Pitsenbarger - USAF MV Carter - USA MV Page - USA Location: Diego Garcia

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Near-Future MPSRON

Charters expire 2009-2011
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Hauge-class (Maersk) will be phased out in FY09 Intent is to purchase KOCAK-class; pending Presidential budget approval First LSMR – Sept 2008 T-AOT – “POL Tanker” “Container Ship” – Black Bottom ship to be purchased by MSC Will offset bulk fuel and container loss from termination of Haugeclass ships charter
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3 LMSRs integrated by FY10

Addition of two “Swing Ships”
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MPSRON Vessel Traits

Built for Sealift, not for combat – Loaded to maximize space and tonnage Ships designed for: – Wheeled and tracked vehicles – Containers – Bulk cargo (not all ships) – Temp. & humidity control
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MPSRON Vessel Traits

Helicopter capable – No maintenance or storage capability* Not Warships – Limited damage control – No well deck – Point defense, no Over-The-Horizon (OTH) capability – No Combat Information Center (CIC)

Small arm and crew-served weapons only
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MPSRON Vessel Traits
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Roll on/Roll off (RO/RO ramps and side ports) All MPS have single or twin cranes capable of lifting in tandem to carry:
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Cargo Containers Wheeled and Tracked Vehicles Lighterage

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Gantry crane on Kocak-class Bulk liquid transfer systems

LMSRs not capable
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Holds (Cargo-carrying section) & Hatches

Pilothouse

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Flight

Deck
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Onboard

Cranes
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Gantry Crane

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Gantry Crane

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Cargo Hold

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Hatches

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Lighterage on Deck
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Lighterage on Deck

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Selective Offload Capability?
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Accessibility?
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Secure for Sea? Corrosion Control?
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Combat or Admin Loaded?
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Vehicle Clearance Issues?
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Loading Expertise?
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Stern Ramp

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Stern Ramp – “Splashing”

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Stern Ramp - Pierside

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Roll on/Roll Off Schematic

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Ship Interior

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Communications

UHF SATCOM, VHF and HF communication available on MSPRON flagships

Alt Flagship has same communications suite without Crypto equipment All MPS have Secure Voice (Crypto managed as directed by COMPSRON)

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MPS Ships
HAUGE (5) BOBO (5) KOCAK (3)

MPF-E (3)

LMSR (3)*

SWING Ships (2)*
POL
CONTAINER CONTAINER

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Kocak Class (Waterman)

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Converted RO/RO cargo ships 3 ships – MSC intends to purchase Best LO/LO MPF-02

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LENGTH BEAM DRAFT CRANE LIFT CAP

821' JP-5 105' 6" POT WATER 36' 6" MOGAS 1 TWIN 50T LIGHTERAGE FWD 1 TWIN 35T AFT 1 GANTRY 30T FWD 29

32,645 BBLS 2,189 BBLS 3,717 BBLS 2 LCM-8 1 SLWT 4 CSP 8 CSNP

OPP BERTHING 2 OFF 1 CPO 99 ENL CONT CAP 532 (41 REFER) STERN RAMP 100T SLEW 30 P/S RO/RO CAP 152,236 SQ FT SIDE PORTS P/S 2.5 football NO RO/RO fields

CREW

Kocak Class
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Bobo Class (AMSEA)

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5 ships - built specifically for MPF role MPF-02 56 USNS ships – owned and operated by MSC

LENGTH BEAM DRAFT CRANE LIFT CAP

673’2" JP-5 105’6” POT WATER 32'1" MOGAS 1 SINGLE 39T LIGHTERAGE FWD 1 TWIN 39T CNTR 1 TWIN 39T AFT 30

26,047 BBLS 1,800 BBLS 3,727 BBLS 2 LCM-8 1 SLWT 4 CSP 6 CSNP

OPP BERTHING 2 OFF 1 CPO 97 ENL CONT CAP 530 (33 REFER) STERN RAMP 110' BREAK-BULK N/A SLEW 39 TO PORT RO/RO CAP 152,185 SQ FT SIDE PORTS 2.6 football flds N/A
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CREW

Bobo Class
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Hauge Class (Maersk)

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LENGTH BEAM DRAFT CRANE LIFT CAP

755'5" JP-5 90' POT WATER 32'10" MOGAS 1 TWIN 30T LIGHTERAGE FWD 1 TWIN 30T CNTR 1 TWIN 36T AFT 27

27,700 BBLS 2,022 BBLS 3,865 BBLS 2 LCM-8 1 SLWT 3 CSP 5 CSNP

OPP BERTHING 2 OFF 1 CPO 77 ENL CONT CAP 384 (33 REFER) STERN RAMP 66T' BREAK-BULK 78,680 CU FT SLEW 35 TO STBD RO/RO CAP 121,595 SQ FT SIDE PORTS 2.1 football flds P/S RAMPS
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CREW

Hauge Class
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RO/RO Cargo General Cargo Breakbulk Cargo Liquid Cargo

Hauge Cla ss

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Large, Medium-Speed, Roll-on/roll-off (LSMR)

USNS Sisler - FY08 (MPSRON-1) USNS Soderman - FY09 (MPSRON-3) TBD - FY10 (MPSRON-2)
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LMSR
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Built to offset shortage of military sealift after Desert Storm Used by Army Prepositioned Afloat program and Surge Sealift Using both side ramp and stern ram pierside, able to offload the entire ship within 48 hours Carries over 1100 vehicles: 58 tanks, 48 tracked and 900 wheeled vehicles- Most capable RO/RO 393,000 square feet= 7 football fields 1 LMSR= 300 C-17 or 220 C-5 loads
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LMSR

LMSRs, while longer at 950 feet, have the same maximum draft as our current vessels. have greater deck heights and strength capability to accommodate the growth in equipment and armoring. (MRAPS, etc) lacks bulk liquid capabilities and reduced container stowage capacity – offset by addition of POL and container “swing” ship
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LMSR - Side Ramp

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LENGTH BEAM DRAFT CRANE LIFT CAP

951" 106” 34" 1 TWIN 60T FWD 1 TWIN 60T AFT 26 N/A N/A 393,000 SQ FT 7 football flds

JP-5 POT WATER MOGAS LIGHTERAGE

NONE N/A BBLS N/A BBLS N/A

CREW CONT CAP BREAK-BULK RO/RO CAP

OPP BERTHING

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STERN RAMP 150 ft - 67 deg arc PORT OR STBD SIDE PORT RAMP PORT & STBD
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LMSR (Watson Class)
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MPF-Enhancement MPF-E

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USNS Wheat (MPSRON-1) USNS Stockham* (MPSRON-2) MPF-02 USNS Martin (MPSRON-3)

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Enhancement Vessels MPF(E)
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1999-2001: 3 converted ships added to augment original 13 ships Physically dissimilar – unique layout for each Owned and operated by MSC – “USNS” designators Do not carry bulk fuels Carry the Roll-on/Roll-off Discharge Facility (RRDF) *USNS Stock ham – modified for AFSB; missions include Enhanced Maritime Interdiction Operations (EMIO) ISO GWOT - Philippines
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Enhancement Vessels MPF(E)
Adds:
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USN Expeditionary Medical Facility 4000 ft Expeditionary Airfield (EAF) Navy Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) JTF/MARFOR HQ/ equipment reconstitution - T/E restoration
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Expeditionary Airfield Field

Subsystems include
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airfield surfacing systems aircraft recovery systems terminal guidance systems
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airfield lighting system communication system

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Aircraft Surfacing System

AM2 Mat is a medium-duty, battle-proven airfield surfacing system capable of rotary and fixed-wing aircraft. consists of 2-ft by 12-ft, and 2-ft by 6-ft aluminum panels that are coated with an epoxy nonskid coating material Profile: substantial weight and cube embarkation
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SHIP CHARACTERISTICS
OVERALL LENGTH DRAFT (MAX-AFT) DISPLACEMENT (LOADED) MAX SPEED ENDURANCE (MAX SPEED) PROPULSION FUEL CREW HELICOPTER CERTIFICATION

MPSRON 1 USNS WHEAT
864 FT 35 FT 50,059 LT 22 KNOTS 16,000 NM (2) GAS TURBINES 50,000 SHP 33 LEVEL II CLASS 3 LEVEL II CLASS 4 TYPE I MAX 846 MIN 313 NONE 4,400 GALS TBD SINGLE 63.8 ST TWIN 126.5 ST 71 LT 1 SLWT, 2 CSP, 5 CNSP 2 OFF, 96 ENL MAX 181,505 3.1 Football Fields

MPSRON 2 USNS STOCKHAM
906 FT 36 FT 59,468 LT 24 KNOTS 16,000 NM

MPSRON 3 USNS MARTIN
754 FT 33 FT 7 IN 47,799 LT 17 KNOTS 16,000 NM (1) DIESEL (1) SHAFT

29 LEVEL II CLASS 3 LEVEL II CLASS 4 TYPE I MAX 825 MIN 110 NONE 4,400 GALS 1002 LT SINGLE 63.8 ST TWIN 126.5 ST 71 LT 6 CNSP 2 OFF, 81 ENL MAX 253,826 SQFT 4.3 Football Fields

24 LEVEL II CLASS 3 LEVEL II CLASS 4 TYPE I MAX 649 MIN 223 NONE 4,400 GALS 12,116 BBLS SINGLE 63.8 ST TWIN 126.5 ST 71 LT 6 CIN 2 OFF, 98 ENL MAX 168,547 SQFT 2.9 Football Fields

CONTAINER CAPACITY JP-5 MOGAS DF-2 CRANE LIFTING CAPACITY STERN RAMP SIDE PORTS LIGHTERAGE OPP BERTHING RO/RO CAPACITY

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Swing Ships
POL

Transfer and or lease a tanker ship in FY 09 Lease a container ship in FY 09.

CONTAINER
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MPF Support Vessels
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Not part of MPSRON All maintained in a reduced operational status (ROS: 4,5,10, 20) Hospital ships are operated by MSC Aviation Logistics Support Ships are part of Ready Reserve Fleet (RRF) under DOT, Maritime Administration (MARAD)
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Mercy Class Hospital Ships (T-AH)
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Floating surgical hospital Maintained in ROS 5 by 13 MSC civilians & 40 military Active manning

68 MSC Mariners, 820 Medical, 372 Support, 15 communicators USNS Mercy

Two Ships

San Diego Baltimore
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USNS Comfort

Aviation Logistics Support Ships (T-AVB)

Sealift for Aviation Intermediate Maint (IMA) of MAGTF ACE – loaded w/ Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron (MALS) Mobile Facilities (MF)

Secondary mission: resupply

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Maintained in ROS 5 by contractor Active manning
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41 civilians 325 military SS Wright  Baltimore SS Curtiss  San Diego
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Two Ships

DETAILS LENGTH BEAM DRAFT DISPLACE. SPEED RANGE CAPACITY

T-AH 894' 105'9" 32'9" 69,360T 17.5 KTS 13,420 NM
50 BED TRIAGE
12 OPERATING ROOMS 20 BED RECOVERY RM

T-AVB 602' 90' 29.8' 23,800T 23 KTS 10,000 NM
CONTAINERS 684 MAX

352 IN IMA MODE 186 FUNCTIONAL 80 SUPPLY & STORAGE

80 BED ICU
280 BED INT. CARE 120 LIGHT/500 BED LIM. CARE

SUPPORT SHIP PROFILES
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Summary
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Three forward deployed squadrons Five different classes of ship MPS Vessel traits Mobile storage and transportation of MAGTF equipment and supplies With support vessels, MPSRON provides rapid global response
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Questions?

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MMC-9 Schedule
SHIP USNS 2NDLT JOHN P. BOBO MV PFC WILLIAM B. BAUGH SS PFC EUGENE A. OBREGON USNS PFC DEWAYNE WILLIAMS USNS LCPL ROY M. WHEAT
MV SGT WILLIAM R. BUTTON USNS 1STLT BALDOMERO LOPEZ SS SGT MATEJ KOCAK MV PVT FRANKLIN J. PHILLIPS USNS GYSGT FRED W. STOCKHAM MV CPL LOUIS J. HAUGE JR. SS MAJ STEPHEN W. PLESS MV 1STLT ALEX BONNYMAN JR. MV PFC JAMES ANDERSON USNS 1ST LT JACK LUMMUS USNS 1STLT HARRY L. MARTIN

MPSRON MPSRON-1 MPSRON-1 MPSRON-1 MPSRON-1 MPSRON-1
MPSRON-2 MPSRON-2 MPSRON-2 MPSRON-2 MPSRON-2 MPSRON-3 MPSRON-3 MPSRON-3 MPSRON-3 MPSRON-3 MPSRON-3

CLASS
AMSEA MAERSK WATERMAN AMSEA KEYSTONE AMSEA AMSEA WATERMAN MAERSK LMSR MAERSK WATERMAN MAERSK MAERSK F MEU MEU F F/MEU F/MEU F/MEU

OFFLOAD DATES
30 MAY - 6 JUN 07 31 JUL - 8 AUG 07 25 - 31 OCT 07 12 - 19 DEC 07 26 MAR - 2 APR 08 30 APR - 7 MAY 08 27 AUG - 3 SEP 08 23 - 29 OCT 08 16 - 24 DEC 08 18 - 25 MAR 09 9 - 17 JUN 09 16 - 22 JUL 09 13 - 21 OCT 09 19 - 27 JAN 10
F/MEU

LOAD DATES
13 - 21 AUG 07 15 - 24 OCT 07 21 - 29 JAN 08 17 - 25 MAR 08 9 - 17 JUN 08 18 - 26 AUG 08 10 - 18 NOV 08 26 JAN - 3 FEB 09 30 MAR - 8 APR 09 1 - 9 JUN 09 24 AUG - 2 SEP 09 26 OCT - 3 NOV 09 4 - 13 JAN 10 29 MAR - 7 APR 10 7 - 15 JUN 10 2 - 10 AUG 10

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