Future Army Watercraft Systems

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Future Army Watercraft Systems


In addition to the current systems, Army watercraft activities encompass several future programs, including theater support vessel-objective; rapidly installed breakwater system; Harbormaster command and control center; and vessel bridge simulator.

The Theater Support Vessel (TSV)-Objective will provide high speed intratheater transport of troops and cargo and represents the next-generation Army watercraft to support the Army's doctrinal intratheater lift mission. Using commercial, off-the-shelf technology, it will self-deploy to the theater of operations at speeds greater than 40 knots through sea state 5+ (winds of 21 knots or greater), while being capable of transporting more than 350 soldiers plus gear and up to 1,250 short tons of cargo. Capable of operational maneuver from standoff distances and into five times as many ports, the TSV will provide rapid, intratheater lift for ready-to-fight combat forces together with their equipment. As a result, the TSV will minimize the need for large-scale reception, staging, onward movement, and integration of soldiers, vehicles and equipment within the battle space. It offers the joint force commander a multimodal and multipurpose platform to support joint operations that complement C-17 and C-130 airlift capabilities. Advantages of the TSV-Objective include: operational movement and repositioning; PAX and equipment move together; en route mission planning and rehearsal; reduced AO LOG infrastructure; ability to bypass theater choke points; access to austere shallow draft ports; ability to perform multiple point entry; offset airlift shortages; and reduction of asymmetric threats.

The Rapidly Installed Breakwater System (RIBS) is a LOTS (logistics over-theshore) enabler used in all phases of force projection including early entry and follow-on sustainments. The RIBS augments existing port facilities to enable greater throughput of equipment and supplies.

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