MARAD Ready Reserve Fleet Ships Tour | May 7th
TUESDAY MAY 7, 2024 | 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM CT.
The Ready Reserve Force (RRF) is a subset of vessels within MARAD’s National Defense Reserve Fleet (NDRF) ready to support the rapid worldwide deployment of U.S. military forces. As a key element of Department of Defense (DOD) strategic sealift, the RRF primarily supports transport of Army and Marine Corps unit equipment, combat support equipment, and initial resupply during critical surge periods — the period of time before commercial ships can be secured for similar support. The RRF provides nearly 50% of government-owned surge sealift capability and has rightfully been called “America’s Sea Power Reliant Partner.” RRF ships are also used by the Army and Navy for cargo-handling exercises, and by various law enforcement agencies for homeland security training. RRF ships are expected to be fully operational within their assigned 5 and 10-day readiness status and then sail to designated loading berths. Prior to being activated, commercial U.S. ship managers provide systems maintenance, equipment repairs, logistics support, activation, manning, and operations management by contract. The RRF is periodically tested by DOD-driven activations of ships for military cargo operations and exercises. This tour will bring attendees to the M/V Cape Kennedy and/or Cape Knox, which are both RO/RO vessels with 146,895 sq ft of cargo capacity.
All non-government personnel will be required to sign a MARAD Liability Waiver form prior to embarking on a vessel.