America’s Surge Sealift: What Are They Not Telling Us? January

Military Sealift Command large, medium-speed roll-on/roll-off (LMSR) vessel USNS Benavidez (T-AKR 306), departs LambertÕs Point Shipyard alongside USNS Mendonca (T-AKR 303) for Turbo Activation, Sept. 21, 2019. U.S. Navy Photo

What they are trying to explain to you here, all them moth-balled merchant ships painted navy gray, which I saw unloading bombs onto Navy tenders and the pier in the Middle East in 1991, won’t be there this time if the idiots in Sodom and Gomorrah on the Potomac succeed in getting America sucked into a war with Iran, for the benefit of israhell, (Red Shield).

The Moth-balled merchant fleet readiness, has been in an ole navy term for pencil whipping, Gun Decked!

Got a nice new paint job, but she can not sail.
looks good from the outside, but inside, it’s a rust bucket!

Iran is on home turf.
Short supply lines.

USA, would be half way around the world.
Took USA months of heavy none stop flying of Air Force transports and heavy air carriers, to get ready to have a go at Iraq in Desert Storm.

A country which could not take Iran in 10 years of war, with all the weapons and help the USA could give Iraq.

You Americans out there think the USA military can kick anyone’s ass, neither understand the nature of the Persians, Military Tactics, Military Logistics, or the sorry assed shape of the demoralized cross dressing mercenary USA Military today.

And ask yourself, after pulling your heads out of your asses and realizing all the Iranians want to kill everyone or support terrorism shit you believe was pure zionist propaganda taught you as fact.

Then, take a deep breath, ask yourself, What has Iran, Ever Done to Me and Mine?

Then tell me again, why American children must die for Israhell’s evil ambitions?

The Ole Dog!

By Salvatore R. Mercogliano, Ph.D. – On January 22, 2020, the Inspector General (IG) for the Department of Defense released a declassified and redacted report, entitled, Audit of Surge Sealift Readiness Reporting. The surge sealift fleet, those 15 vessels held by the Navy’s Military Sealift Command (MSC) and the 46 by the Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD), are a key component of the nation’s ability to project military power from the continental United States. The recent Turbo Activation 19 Plus exercise in September 2019, tested the reliability of this fleet, and showed it fell far short of the 85% readiness rate required, with an overall performance of 40%. The new IG report indicates that there may be more systemic issues at the root of the problem but fails to adequately identify the underlying cause of these issues.

The IG undertook the audit to determine if the U.S. Transportation Command provided, “adequate oversight of the reporting on surge sealift activation requirements.” Specifically, they examined the 50 roll-on/roll-off ships (15 held by MSC and 35 by MARAD), that provide a total of 10.7 million square feet of cargo space for the combatant commanders. The information on the individual ships is reported through the Defense Readiness Reporting System. The information is inputted by MSC based on reports from the contract operators and via the Maritime Administration from their commercial companies.

The IG determined that “MSC did not accurately report the readiness status for 15 MSC-owned surge sealift ships during FYs 2017 and 2018.” The cause for this was due to MSC’s reliance on, “ship contractors to accurately report ship readiness.” As a result of inaccurate reporting, US Transportation Command provided unreliable assessments of the surge sealift capability and this, “could lead geographic combatant commanders to make incorrect assumptions.” It also highlights the difference in reporting ship status procedures between MSC and MARAD, an issue previously addressed in a 2019 RAND Corporation report, Approaches to Strategic Sealift Readiness.

The Inspector General proposed five recommendations:

Verify that deficiencies identified in ship inspection reports match the corresponding contractor-issued casualty reports.
Hold contractors accountable when casualty reports do not match ship inspection reports or are not submitted as required.
Reconcile casualty reports to the ship’s reported status in DRRS-N to ensure accurate ship readiness reporting.
Develop an agreement with MARAD to establish standard criteria for readiness assessments for MSC and MARAD surge sealift ships.
Develop an oversight plan to verify the readiness status of the MARAD ships and coordinate with MARAD to obtain the documentation and establish the process necessary for MSC to perform the oversight.


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