Identifying capabilities gaps in shipboard Visit, Board, Search, Seizure (VBSS) teams
Ray, Kevin M.
McCauley, Michael E.
Fricker, Ronand D.
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During the past decade, a primary mission for the United States Navy has become Maritime Interception Operations. Many of these operations involve shipboard Visit, Board, Search, Seizure teams. These imbedded teams consist of motivated sailors who go through a specific training pipeline to become a qualified team member. Once these sailors complete the training pipeline, they return to their commands and to their normal jobs. Visit, Board, Search, Seizure becomes a collateral duty that is often neglected until needed. The author conducted a focus group and administered a survey to individuals with Visit, Board, Search, Seizure experience to determine where the current capability gaps lie. The research found that Visit, Board, Search, Seizure teams are well trained, but shipboard manning requirements and Visit, Board, Search, Seizure as a collateral duty inhibit the teams ability to maintain proficiency.
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