Life cycle management of Army watercraft integrating acquisition, logistics, and technology in the engineering, production, fielding, logistics support, modification, and disposal of the U.S. Army fleet of watercraft.
Acquisition expertise and cutting edge maritime capability for Army Watercraft Mission.
PdD AWS is committed to developing, acquiring, fielding and sustaining highly capable equipment that meets emerging watercraft requirements.
The Product Director Army Watercraft Systems (PdD AWS) is responsible for 136 systems categorized as Causeway, Landing Craft and Floating Craft.
Modular Warping Tug (MWT) Roll-On Roll-Off Discharge Facility (RRDF)
Causeway Ferry (CF) Floating Causeway (FC)
The Causeway category consists of three Modular Causeway System (MCS) capability sets, a multi-purpose and modular capability comprised of four subsystems that provide the critical link between strategic shipping and shore discharge allowing throughput despite draft and beach gradient constraints. Key Joint Logistics-Over-the-Shore (JLOTS) enablers, the MCS subsystems consist of the Modular Warping Tug (MWT), Roll-on/Roll-off Discharge Facility (RRDF), Causeway Ferry (CF) and Floating Causeway (FC). In February 2012, a MCS was employed in support of the National Science Foundation’s “Helping Science in Antarctica” mission at Murdo Station, Antarctica.
Landing Craft consists of the Logistics Support Vessel (LSV), Landing Craft Utility (LCU) 2000, and Landing Craft Mechanized (LCM) 8 MOD I and MOD II. Key JLOTS, littoral supply route and sea-basing enablers, these multi-mission mobility platforms provide inter/intra-theater lift of personnel and material in support of Joint and Army ground forces, delivering cargo from advanced bases and deep draft strategic sealift ships to harbors, inland waterways, remote underdeveloped coastlines and unimproved beaches and degraded/denied ports. The Army is about to begin a major Service Life Extension Program (SLEP) which will add ten years of useful life to the aging platform. The SLEP process will enable the users to complete their operational mission requirements while the Maneuver Support Vessel (Medium) is being developed as the LCUs replacement.
Logistics Support Vessel (LSV)
Self-deployable, the LSV is a roll-on/roll-off, heavy lift vessel with a 2000-ton payload capacity (24 M1 Abrams tanks or 50 20-ft ISO containers). The LSV has been extensively employed during operations in South-West Asia (Desert Shield and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)), operations in Haiti, humanitarian operations globally and operations in the Balkans. These vessels were a mainstay cargo lifter in the JLOTS operation bringing all coalition ammunition into the theater.
Landing Craft Utility (LCU) 2000
Also self-deployable, the LCU has a payload capacity of 350 tons (five M1 Abrams tanks or 24 20-ft ISO containers). The LCU is responsible for worldwide and intratheater transport of combat vehicles and sustainment cargo. Intratheater movement from advanced bases and deep draft strategic sealift ships to ports, harbors, inland waterways, remote underdeveloped coastlines and unimproved beaches. LCU-2000 C4ISR Modernization Program: Improves mission capability and interoperability of the vessel fleet through existing technology upgrades and technology insertion LCU-2000 Service Life Extension Program (SLEP): Increases the operational life of the vessel through select modifications.
Landing Craft Mechanized MOD I Landing Craft Mechanized MOD II
The LCM-8 MOD I/II transport personnel and equipment from ship to shore. The LCM-8 MOD II also provides light salvage and serves as a limited command and control and medical evacuation platform. These vessels were used extensively in Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) to support the JLOTS operations. Moreover, its relatively small size has facilitated its use in confined areas in some of the most remote areas of Alaska providing support to Native American Indian humanitarian projects. Currently, PD AWS is working with the Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) to develop requirements and formulate an acquisition strategy for the MSV-Light as a displacement for the LCM 8 class of vessels.
Large Tug (LT) Small Tug (ST) Barge Derrick (BD)
Flight III Tug
Floating Craft consists of the Large Tug (LT) 800, Flight III LT, Small Tug (ST) 900 and Barge Derrick (BD) 115-Ton. These multi-mission systems provide heavy lifting, ocean and port/harbor towing, and salvage operations in open, denied or degraded ports. During Desert Shield/Storm, a U.S. Army BD provided heavy salvage capability that allowed U.S. Army divers to clear the port at Ash Shuaybha, Kuwait, and over the course of the war, executed over 10,000 lifts. During Operation Restore Hope, a U.S. Army BD and Large Tug combination were used to clear the port of Kismayu in order to overcome an enemy port denial scenario. The Flight III LT is an in lieu item for two LT 800 shortages. It successfully performed salvage and shallow draft operations during OIF. However, the Flight III is currently restricted, in accordance with Safety of Use Message (SOUM) 13-001, to operation only in inland waterways, due to stability and seaworthiness issues.
Research, development, test and evaluation (RDT&E) initiatives focus on studying, developing, and testing emergent component technologies to improve current systems and support future acquisitions and future fleet planning. Promising results of current R & D efforts to energy/fuel efficiency, corrosion prevention and control, force protection, digital logistics management, and environmental compliance will continue to be explored for possible future incorporation in the existing fleet or as capabilities for future fleet requirements.