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The Development of Mobile Logistic Support in Anglo-American Naval
Policy, 1900–1953$
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Peter V. Nash

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780813033679

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813033679.001.0001

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Underway Replenishment at Sea (UNREP/RAS)

Underway Replenishment at Sea (UNREP/RAS)

(p.47) 3 Underway Replenishment at Sea (UNREP/RAS)
The Development of Mobile Logistic Support in Anglo-American Naval Policy, 1900–1953

Peter V. Nash

University Press of Florida

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

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