Those vessels would replace some of the older platforms in the Ready Reserve Force
including steam-powered ships.
Cape Rise is one of 50 Ready Reserve Force
ships that offset the shortage of commercial U.S.-flagged ships that are able to transport large combat equipment.
The MSC manages five separate ship programs: the Naval Fleet Auxiliary Force, the Afloat Pre-positioning Force, Sealift Ships, Special-Mission Ships, and the Ready Reserve Force
The current Ready Reserve Force
consists of 68 ships maintained in four-, five-, 10- or 20-day readiness status, maintained by the Maritime Administration at three Reserve Fleet sites: in the James River at Fort Eustis near Newport News, Va.; in the Neches River at Beaumont, Texas; and in Suisun Bay near Concord, Calif.
Buzby told the audience that he had recently made the difficult decision to take a ship, one of his Ready Reserve Force
ships, out of class because he could not afford to dock her for the repairs she needed.
At present, the AFP has 106,376 ready reserve force
and reservist administrators.
Those ships are crewed by civilians but are part of the Navy's ready reserve force
and can be rushed into service when needed.
Of the 120, 82 are in the Military Sealift Command active force and 38 are in the Ready Reserve Force
. Only 28 of the 120 ships are medium speed or higher.
During this latest rotation, the ships of the Ready Reserve Force
will be among the ships moving millions of square feet of unit cargo, said Col.
In 1990, the Supply Readiness of MARAD Ready Reserve Force
ships was not acceptable.