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PM Army Watercraft Systems

Law and departmental instructions direct the Army to prepare for land combat and provide watercraft support in a theater of operations. In furnishing watercraft support incident to land combat ashore, the Army will be called upon to perform the post-assault re-supply mission for joint and combined operations that may also include the integration of coastal and inland waterway transportation.

Another major element of watercraft support involves conducting Army and/or Joint Logistics-over-the-Shore (LOTS/JLOTS) operations. The LOTS missions of today require that Army watercraft be capable of performing a wide range of ship-to-shore cargo transfer and harbor utility functions in support of full fixed ports, partial fixed ports, or bare beach operations. Army watercraft also support Naval amphibious operations.

The mission basis for developing, maintaining, and employing an Army watercraft capability is stated in the following documents:

  • "Prepare for land combat, including the necessary aviation and watercraft support." Title 10 of United States Code, paragraph 3062
  • "Provide a post assault re-supply mission to include other services and allied forces when required. support land operations via coastal/inland waterways." DoD Directive 5100.1
  • "Provide lighterage, tugs, small craft, other discharge equipment and trained operators for JLOTS operations and provide the common service asets required to supplement amphibious operations. Joint Pub 4-01.6
  • "Provide ship-to-shore lighterage capability via LOTS through degraded major/minor ports ar across a bare beach." AR 55-176/OPNAVINST 4620.8B/AFR 75-4/MCO 4620.6

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