Military Capabilities

US needs national maritime strategy to sustain US-flagged commercial fleet for defence needs, GAO says

10 August 2018

The US Department of Transportation (DOT) should complete a national maritime strategy to sustain the US-flagged commercial cargo ships on which the Pentagon relies to ship Defense Department cargo, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has said.

The DOT has drafted but not issued the national maritime strategies mandated by Congress, the GAO said in its report, ‘Maritime Security, DOT Needs to Expeditiously Finalize the Required National Maritime Strategy for Sustaining US-Flag Fleet’, released on 8 August.

“The strategies are intended to address US-flag vessels’ competitiveness and ensure the long-term viability of US-flag vessels and US-citizen mariners,” the GAO said.

According to DOT officials, the GAO reported, a combined draft strategy was developed under the previous administration but is now being reviewed by the current administration.

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