Turbo Activations consist of four separate no-notice exercises during the year that measured the activation time and personnel and materiel readiness of selected Ready Reserve Force vessels by the U.S. Maritime Administration.
DOD conducts no-notice exercises, called "Turbo-Activations," annually to assess RRF activation readiness. The USTRANSCOM, via MSC, randomly selects and orders the activation of a number of RRF ships on an annual basis to test their capability to be ready-for-sea (i.e., mission-capable) within their assigned readiness timeframes of 4, 5, 10, or 20 days.
Four separate exercises in FY 2000 measured the timeliness of activation of 18 RRF vessels and determined the vessels' personnel and materiel readiness conditions. All activations were successful. In FY 2000, 18 RRF vessels were ordered activated without advance notice and 13 were operated by MSC.
On 25 May 2001 eight RRF vessels received no-notice activations for Turbo Act 03: SS Equality State (ROS-4), SS Cape Blanco (ROS-5), SS Cape Gibson (ROS-5), SS Chattahoochee (RRF-10), SS Alatna (RRF-10), SS Cape Trinity (ROS-4), SS Cape Victory (ROS 4), and SS Cape May (ROS-5).
MARAD maintains a database on the number of days it takes to activate each RRF ship and its operational reliability. The MSC activation order is received either by phone call or message. Documents produced during the no-notice activation period comprise the data source for determining the amount of time taken to activate each ship. Non-performance time is based on the MSC Casualty Reporting (CASREP) system, which identifies casualties that are of a severity to prevent the ship from performing the mission. These messages are passed from the ship's Captain to MSC, the Ship Manager, and MARAD. The reliability of the RRF ships once activated, as measured in the percent of days that RRF ships are mission-capable while under DOD control, is primarily determined by the number of days it takes to repair a ship that has become inoperative. For example, the low percent of mission capability in 1997 (95.2) was the result of one ship being out of service for 156 days while undergoing repairs.
The source of the activation data is the actual activation order from DOD to MARAD and the documents produced during a no-notice activation. These fix the actual time of call-up and the time when the vessel is "Ready for Sea" (or tendered to MSC). The Ready for Sea time is agreed to by MARAD and the on-board MSC representative and reported to DOD by official message. The time taken to activate each ship is maintained in the ship's logbook and in official DOD, MSC, and MARAD records.
The collection of data regarding mission capability under MSC operational control starts when MSC officially accepts delivery of RRF ships with date and time documentation. The Captain of the ship reports all problems that are of a severity to prevent the ship from performing its mission to MSC, the Ship Manager, and MARAD. The Captain also reports when the problem has been corrected. This information is entered by MSC into its CASREP system.
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