- Sustain Maritime Operations
Over a lengthy period of operations, possibly lasting several years, the need to rotate elements will become essential to ensure vessels undergo both defect and preventative maintenance, and crews are rested to avoid fatigue. In some scenarios, substantial maintenance can be achieved at sea, and personnel can be rotated (including entire crews) whilst vessels continue their operational task. This tends to work better with aircraft, smaller warships, and naval auxiliaries. The logistical requirements to achieve this for a large task force (TF) will be complex, and the rotation is likely to be staggered to ensure no operational capability is lost during a protracted operation. Host-nation basing, or at least limited support, will greatly assist such sustainment.
- Maritime Operations