NEWS FROM SEA-AIR-SPACE: Maritime Administration Fleshing Out Plans to Modernize Sealift Assets
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — The Maritime Administration is working out the details of its plan to modernize its aging fleet of civilian ships that could be called into action to support the U.S. military during a large-scale war, the head of the organization said May 6.
The Maritime Administration is charged with maintaining a fleet of 46 ships in the Ready Reserve Force that are on average more than 44 years old, Administrator Mark Buzby noted during a panel discussion at the Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space conference in National Harbor, Maryland. Those vessels are crewed by civilian mariners that have volunteered to serve.