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Definition of Afloat pre-positioning operations

Afloat pre-positioning operations Definition from Government Dictionaries & Glossaries
DOD Dictionary of Military Terms
Pre-positioning of ships, preloaded with equipment and supplies (including ammunition and petroleum) that provides for an alternative to landbased programs. This concept provides for ships and onboard force support equipment and supplies positioned near potential crisis areas that can be delivered rapidly to joint airlifted forces in the operational area. Afloat pre-positioning in forward areas enhances a force’s capability to respond to a crisis, resulting in faster reaction time. See also operation. (JP 4-01.6)
Source: U.S. Department of Defense, Joint Doctrine Division. ( About )