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Underway Replenishment at Sea (UNREP/RAS)

Peter V. Nash

in The Development of Mobile Logistic Support in Anglo-American Naval Policy, 1900–1953

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print November 2009 | ISBN: 9780813033679
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038711 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813033679.003.0003
Underway Replenishment at Sea (UNREP/RAS)

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This chapter describes in more detail how replenishment at sea worked and provides a more informed understanding of both the potential and the limitations of the fleet-train model and hence why it was so important to get the whole evolution right. At the tactical level, speed became an increasingly critical consideration for minimizing fleet vulnerability to attack from enemy submarines or aircraft. A more efficient replenishment process meant less time was being diverted from the main course and mission. The chapter shows why a well-developed doctrine, if regularly practiced, was vital to achieve operational consistency and harmony, both prerequisites for convergence and ultimately interoperability between different allied navies.

Keywords: replenishment at sea; fleet vulnerability; fleet-train model; allied navies; submarines

Chapter.  11913 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Military History

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