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Fleet Mobility Tactical Development, 1945–1953

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/9780813033679.003.0007
Fleet Mobility Tactical Development, 1945–1953

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This chapter focuses on the tactical aspects of logistic support as both the Royal Navy and the U.S. Navy realigned their command structures and operating fleets to meet existing obligations and anticipated worldwide threats. It explores why and how tactical doctrine for logistic support was refined to cope with the increasingly complex challenges caused by technological advances in carrier development, jet aircraft, and weaponry, all against the constant backdrop of heightened risk from potential enemy fast submarine or air attack. This line of inquiry includes postwar fleet exercises, war-gaming, and trials programs, which provided peaceful means to improve skills, understanding, and the actual equipment associated with replenishment at sea. It concludes by examining how the Korean War logistic experience affected doctrine and why it acted as a catalyst for introducing new technology and ships that would improve both navies' future capability in the art and science of replenishing ships at sea.

Keywords: logistic support; U.S. Navy; fleet mobility; Royal Navy; jet aircraft; weaponry; war-gaming; Korean War; fleet exercises; replenishment at sea

Chapter.  15576 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Military History

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