Ready Reserve Force: West Coast activation in support of Operation Desert Shield
Kessler, Phillip R.
Boger, Dan C.
McMasters, Alan W.
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The Ready Reserve Force (RRF) is a key element of the United States' strategic sealift capacity. The Maritime Administration (MARAD) maintains RRF vessels in five-, ten- and 20-day readiness status to provide responsive shipping in support of military operations worldwide in time of conflict. This thesis investigates the initial nine RRF vessels activated by MARAD Western Region in support of Operation Desert Shield. Problems encountered in the areas of condition at the time of breakout, engineering, crew, workforce resources available for breakout, parts and stores, and bunkering are discussed for each vessel. In addition, several prior activations of RRF vessels are discussed and then compared to the activations for Operation Desert Shield. Recommendations for future activations are made.
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