An analysis of foreign military sale/lease of U.S. Navy ships to allied countries by using "Hot Ship" transfer methods: "Turkish Knox Class Frigate transfer example."
Hoivik, Thomas H.
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This thesis examines the nature and provisions of the U.S. FMS/FML ship transfer process under the realm of the Security Assistance program. This topic is particularly timely, since the United States is currently downsizing the Navy, while trying to maintain its world influence and strategic alliances. An effective FMS/FML ship transfer process is paramount to the success of U.S. strategic goals. However, problematic issues concerning effective implementation of the FMS/FML ship transfer processes have been noted in the past. Therefore, extensive research and detailed analysis of the FMS/FML ship transfer process, with respect to the sale/lease of nine former U.S. Knox Class Frigates to Turkey, was conducted to identify problematic issues and develop lessons learned and recommendations for issue resolution. Adopting the recommendations in this thesis should significantly improve the implementation of future FMS/FML ship transfer programs and effectiveness of U.S. arms transfers. Additionally, this thesis will contribute to the knowledge needed by Foreign officers who will work in conjunction with the U.S. officials engaged in the transfers of U.S. Navy ships in the future.
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