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  • DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY HEADQUARTERS UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS

    WASHINGTON, DC 20380-1775

    FOREWORD 21 Nov 2011

    A maritime prepositioning force (MPF) operation is the rapid deployment and assembly of a Marine air-ground task force (MAGTF) in a secure area using intertheater airlift and forward-deployed maritime prepositioning ships.

    An MPF operation is a mission-tailored, strategic deployment option that is global in nature, naval in character, and suitable for various employment scenarios. Maritime prep- ositioning provides a combatant commander with deployment flexibility and an increased capability to respond rapidly to a crisis or contingency with a credible force. The essential purpose of an MPF operation is to establish a MAGTF that is fully prepared to execute an employment mission.

    Marine Corps Warfighting Publication (MCWP) 3-32/Navy Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures (NTTP) 3-02.3M, Maritime Prepositioning Force Operations, provides doc- trine, tactics, techniques, and procedures to plan and execute an MPF operation. It is intended for Marine Corps and Navy commanders, their staffs, and other Service com- manders and staffs. This publication supersedes MCWP 3-32/NTTP 3-02.3M, Maritime Prepositioning Force Operations, dated February 2004.

  • Reviewed and approved this date.

    BY DIRECTION OF THE CHIEF OF NAVAL OPERATIONS

    C.K. CARODINE Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy

    Commander, Navy Warfare Development Command

    BY DIRECTION OF THE COMMANDANT OF THE MARINE CORPS

    RICHARD P. MILLS Lieutenant General, U.S. Marine Corps

    Deputy Commandant for Combat Development and Integration

    Marine Corps Publication Control Number: 143 000073 00

    Navy Stock Number: 0411LP1117536

    DISTRIBUTION STATEMENT A: Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.

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    SUMMARY OF CHANGES

    Chapter 5, Planning, provides additional detail on deliberate planning. Chapter 10, Force Protection, incorporates Navy organizational and func- tional changes; e.g., maritime expeditionary security force (MESF)/squadron. Chapter 14, Automated Information Systems/Automatic Identification Tech- nology Support, provides updates on automated information systems/auto- mated identification technology support (AIS/AIT):

    Ordnance Information System-Marine Corps (OIS-MC) replaced the retail ordnance logistics management system (ROLMS). Joint force requirements generator II (JFRG II) replaced Marine air-ground task force II (MAGTF II) for force planning and execution. Integrated computerized deployment system (ICODES) replaced comput- er-aided embarkation management system for ship load planning. Detail added for barcode and radio frequency identification marking and scanning.

    Chapter 15, Transformation, removed substantive changes to MPF (future) program and transition concepts. Unit names/types:

    Logistics combat element (LCE) and combat logistics company (CLC) re- placed combat service support element (CSSE) and combat service support detachment (CSSD), as appropriate. Expeditionary medical facility (EMF) replaced fleet hospital (FH). Navy cargo handling battalion (NCHB) replaced Navy cargo handling and port group (NAVCHAPGRU). Marine logistics group (MLG) replaced force service support group (FSSG). Changed force movement control center (FMCC) to MAGTF deployment and distribution operations center (MDDOC). Changed logistics and movement control center (LMCC) to MAGTF movement control center (MMCC).

    Acronyms: Dropped all uses of C4I and C3, and deconstructed the use to describe the specific component being discussed, per JP 6-0, Joint Communications System. Aligned the use of concept plan (CONPLAN), contingency, and crisis ac- tion planning (CAP) in accordance with JP 5-0, Joint Operation Planning.

    Appendix N, MPSRON Capabilities and Characteristics: Deleted all data related to Maersk class vessels Added data for Watson class large, medium speed, roll-on/roll-off (LMSR) ships—USNS Sisler and USNS Dahl.

    Updated the notional table of organization and table of equipment located in the various appendices to reflect current Marine Corps structure.

  • MCWP 3-32/NTTP3-02.3M, MARITIME PREPOSITIONING FORCE OPERATIONS

    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    Chapter 1. Fundamentals of the Maritime Prepositioning Force Maritime Prepositioning Force Concept...................................................................................... 1-1 The Initiating Directive................................................................................................................ 1-2 Forward Presence and Crisis Response ....................................................................................... 1-2 Establishment of the Maritime Prepositioning Force MAGTF Ashore ...................................... 1-4 National Military Strategy ........................................................................................................... 1-4 Rapid Response............................................................................................................................ 1-4 Flexible Command Relationships ................................................................................................ 1-5 Sustainment of the Maritime Prepositioning Force ..................................................................... 1-5 Phases of Maritime Prepositioning Force Operations ................................................................ 1-5

    Planning ............................................................................................................................... 1-5 Marshalling .......................................................................................................................... 1-5 Movement ............................................................................................................................ 1-5 Arrival and Assembly .......................................................................................................... 1-5 Reconstitution ...................................................................................................................... 1-6

    Chapter 2. Maritime Prepositioning Force Authorities The President or Secretary of Defense......................................................................................... 2-1 Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff .......................................................................................... 2-1 Military Services.......................................................................................................................... 2-1 Combatant Commanders.............................................................................................................. 2-1

    Supported Combatant Commander...................................................................................... 2-2 Supporting Combatant Commander .................................................................................... 2-2

    Joint Force Commander............................................................................................................... 2-2 Commander, United States Fleet Forces Command.................................................................... 2-3 Commanders, Marine Corps Forces ............................................................................................ 2-3 Commander, Military Sealift Command ..................................................................................... 2-3 Joint Force Maritime Component Commander ........................................................................... 2-3 Navy Expeditionary Combat Command...................................................................................... 2-3 Navy Expeditionary Medical Support Command........................................................................ 2-4 Operational Commanders ............................................................................................................ 2-4

    Commanding General, Marine Expeditionary Force........................................................... 2-4 Numbered Fleet Commanders ............................................................................................. 2-5

    Supporting Organizations ........................................................................................................... 2-5

  • Chapter 3. Command Relationships Maritime Prepositioning Force MAGTF ..................................................................................... 3-2

    MAGTF Elements................................................................................................................ 3-2 Naval Construction Element ................................................................................................ 3-2 Naval Construction Regiment.............................................................................................. 3-3 Naval Mobile Construction Battalion .................................................................................. 3-3 Underwater Construction Team.........................................................