The current Combat Logistics Force (CLF) is sized to provide logistics support to sustain the Carrier Battle Groups of the past, not the CSGs, ESGs and MPGs of the future. An ONR funded study of a Heavy Underway Replenishment (UNREP) system (12,000 pound capacity) determined that an acceptable engineering solution was viable and work is now progressing with Research and Development (R&D) funding from the MPF(F) and CVN-21 programs. The Heavy UNREP system will increase the capability of the CLF but the enhanced CLF will still be unable to sustain the entire sea base.
The FY04 Experimentation Plan outlined Sea Base experimentation objectives and plans. The two long-term goals of Sea Base experimentation are to develop the Seabasing concept and the organization and procedures for the ESG in support of the Global CONOPS. FY04 Sea Base experimentation objectives serve as stepping-stones towards achieving the long-term goals and include: to assess the scalability of the sea base and its ability to support joint forces; to assess the effectiveness of new platforms, systems and other technologies (e.g. selective offload) in support of the sea base; to develop the organization, procedures, and tools required to support an ESG. Heavy UNREP Equipment Ship Installation was conducted in November-December 2004.
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