gCaptain is reporting that the Army will be divesting itself of most of its watercraft.
Eight Army Reserve Watercraft Units and their civilian maintenance facilities are listed for closing. These Units represent hundreds of AGR (Active Reserve), TPU (Reserve), and Civilians. These units presently support, train, and deploy Army Watercraft Soldiers throughout the world, and maintain dozens of watercraft, from 70 ft. Small Tugs to 315 foot LSVs and Barge Derrick Cranes.
As stated in the Army’s Memo initiating this decision, “Army Watercraft Transformation Through Divestment of Capability and Force Structure by Inactivation of Units”, the intent is to “eliminate all United States Army Reserve and National Guard Bureau AWS (Army Watercraft Systems) capabilities and/or supporting structure… eliminating nearly 80% of its present force”.
Their fleet of approximately 300 includes a number of relatively new vessels. They include tugs that might replace our 65 foot tugs and the now out of service 110 foot tugs that are, or were, used for domestic icebreaking
Some of the shallow draft transports might be adaptable as inland tenders.
The fleet also includes 16 ST-900 class pusher tugs, 109 tons (light), 59.7 x 22.6 (22 at the waterline) x 6.7 feet (18.19 x 6.9 (6.7 at the wl) x 2.03 meters) completed 1998 to 2007, as well as a number of barges of various types. .
The Army 6,000 ton, 315 foot logistic support vessel SSGT Robert T. Kuroda, completed in 2006, at its home port of Honolulu, Hawaii, after a 5,000-mile delivery voyage from Pascagoula, Miss.Some of the larger vessels, like the SSGT Robert T. Kuroda (above) and her sister ship, might be converted to be used as mother ships to support remote Webber Class FRC operations in the Eastern Pacific or Southern Caribbean. They might also be useful in disaster response.
One or two of the Crane barges might find a home at the Coast Guard Yard.
Landing craft that can be beached, requiring no piers for unloading, might be useful in disaster response.