At-Sea Sustainment

This work supports the Navy’s interest in advanced sea platform technology and sea-basing science and technology. At-sea sustainment is focused on the development of new technologies and techniques to improve the U.S. Navy’s ability to sustain surface and subsurface, manned and unmanned ships while they are operating at-sea.

Research Concentration Areas

  • Technologies, manned and unmanned, that will allow the safe and efficient transfer of all manner of logistical supplies between ships at-sea to keep U.S. Navy ships fully operational without the need to return to port
  • Provide the means of effectively, efficiently and securely communicating (voice and data) between ships, manned and unmanned, at sea without EM (electromagnetic) transmissions

Research Challenges and Opportunities

  • Develop state-of-the-art technologies to improve on current, forward-deployed, logistic practices currently in use by the U.S. Navy — making them more efficient, safe and capable
  • Develop unmanned systems for the distribution of logistics — from the smallest part to largest vehicle — to remote operating units both at-sea and ashore
  • Reduce the Navy’s dependence on large surface vessels for re-supply and re-arming
  • Explore the use of fly-away kits, unmanned systems and modern day foraging to reduce the demand on fleet assets while pursing forward deployed logistics

Type of Funding Available

  • Basic Research
  • Applied Research
  • Advanced Technology Development

Program Contact Information

Name: Dr. Paul Hess

Title: Program Officer

Department: Code 331

Email for Questions: paul.hess@navy.mil


Program Funding

Submit white papers, QUAD charts and full proposals for contracts to this email address: ONR Code 33 Research Submissions

Follow instructions within BAA for submission of grant proposals to grants.gov website.

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