Afloat Support and Naval Logistics Sector Report 2009
While most navies operate their own support vessels, Contractorisation of Sealift and Contractor Logistic Support (CLS) are other options available, whose cost benefits and impact on naval operations are being hotly debated. Nevertheless, many new programmes and requirements are emerging for Afloat Support Vessels, including the Military Afloat Reach and Sustainability (MARS) programme in the U.K. Scandinavia is a region particularly active in this sphere at present–in Denmark, the Absalon class ships have entered service in recent years, while Norway and Sweden are both exploring options for afloat replenishment and support ships.
Meanwhile, revolutionary designs are being developed in the United States in the forms of the Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV) and the T-Craft Sea Base Connector.
At least 18 navies are known to have plans for new support vessels.
Editor's note: Find out more about this topic at Afloat Support and Naval Logistics 2010 on January 27-28, 2010 in Kensington, London.