Analysis of manning options for Visit, Board, Search, and Seizure teams
Newbold, Elizabeth A.
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This research explores the viability of qualifying and manning Visit, Board, Search, and Seizure (VBSS) teams with Marine infantrymen from the Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) that are deployed with amphibious readiness groups. The VBSS element is an area that needs to be certified for surface combatants before deployment, and is required according to the Required Operational Capabilities, Projected Operational Environment, but it consumes time, material, and personnel from multi-mission naval ships. The sailors who execute VBSS do so as collateral duty, and the missions are considered evolutions (temporarily manned watch stations). This results in VBSS teams that are insufficiently trained and not performing the mission as described in the Navy Tactics, Techniques and Procedures 3–07–11M Maritime Interception Operations (MIO). The author used an analytical approach that the Combined Maritime Forces could use to assign Marine VBSS teams to ships tasked with MIO. The findings of this research recommend the elimination of sailors in the execution of Required Operational Capabilities element Missions of State 4.4 (VBSS mission). It is further recommended to use MEU Marines to execute the VBSS mission onboard surface combatants.
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