Accession Number : ADA305854

Title :   Analysis of the Ordnance Offload/Onload Costs of Pacific Fleet Large Deck Amphibious Assault Ships (LHA and LHD) Homeported in San Diego.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s) : Bouveron, Martin E.

PDF Url : ADA305854

Report Date : DEC 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 134

Abstract : This thesis uses total cost and external safety considerations to determine the most cost effective and safest method of embarking/debarking ordnance to support the Pacific Fleet. The study relies on historical data and spreadsheet-based Monte Carlo simulations to estimate operation times. Simulation is required because few operations have been conducted so historical data is limited. The 'add-in' package, 'Crystal Ball,' applies stochastic simulations to decision making analysis. The actual costs of anchorage and vertical replenishment (vertrep) operations are compared, using triangular and uniform distribution models. This thesis provides a more accurate cost analysis for comparing onload/offload vertrep and anchorage operations. The funding from this comparison determined that vertreps provide the largest benefit to the fleet in terms of cost, training, and flexibility.

Descriptors :   *LOADING(HANDLING), *COST ANALYSIS, *UNLOADING, *AMPHIBIOUS ASSAULT SHIPS, SIMULATION, STOCHASTIC PROCESSES, DECISION MAKING, COST EFFECTIVENESS, MODELS, ACCURACY, THESES, COSTS, DECISION THEORY, HISTORY, SAFETY, FLEETS(SHIPS), ORDNANCE, PACIFIC OCEAN, NAVAL EQUIPMENT, REPLENISHMENT.

Subject Categories : Economics and Cost Analysis
      Marine Engineering
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE