Sealift Command Plans To Purchase Additional Ships For Ready Reserve Fleet

The Navy's Military Sealift Command will accept offers on September 30 this year for various types of merchant ships to be procured during FY 87 that will become part of the Ready Reserve Fleet (RRF). In January this year the Navy purchased 13 ships for the RRF at a cost of $206.7 million.

The RRF, a unit of the National Defense Reserve Force, will consist of 83 ships by October this year. The Navy is committed to achieving a goal of 120 RRF ships by the end of FY 1992.

In the latest procurement, the MSC will buy the most advantageous mix of militarily useful ships from among those offered on September 30. The Navy intends to take delivery and become the owner of record of these ships not later than September 30, 1987.

The MSC's current priority is for clean products tankers in range of 20,000 to 50,000 dwt, followed by fast breakbulk ships capable of speeds greater than 20 knots. These would be modified later to provide underway replenishment capability.

The third priority at present is for semi-submersible, heavy-lift ships capable of lifting and transporting items weighing in excess of 1,000 long tons.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 46,  Sep 1986

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