(1) The Surveillance Program for PREPO, AFLOAT
(3) Any supply/transportation action that frustrates
stocks is designed to adequately describe the current condition
or complicates inventory or surveillance procedures,
of ammunition and provide a basis for decisions concerning
contributes to delays in shipping or difficulty of handling,
stock rotation and storage of ammunition on board ships.
increases demurrage charges at the port, or increases
Surveillance functions, including sample selection and
battlefield litter during deployment should be avoided.
inspection, removal and replacement of suspended stocks,
(4) Palletization of Ammo
minor preservation and packaging (P&P), stock rotation and
(a) Black banding is not suitable for palletizing inventory actions are accomplished at 24 to 30 month intervals
units on PREPO, AFLOAT/MPS/APF ships. Galvanized steel or when the ship downloads for other reasons.
strapping with the following specifications is required: ASTM
(2) This program is managed by the senior QASAS at
D3953, TYPE 1, HEAVY DUTY, FINISH "B" (GRADE 2), SIZE " addressee reference para 1-5(d)(9). All stocks being considered
OR 1 " X .035" OR .031", NOTE: BRITE OR SLIT EDGES for Army Prepositioned ships (PREPO, AFLOAT) require a
SHALL HAVE FINISH "A" OVERLAY. The size of strapping must Functional Clearance from this office. A verbal clearance will
be as specified in applicable drawings. All banding is required be furnished with hard copy if requested. Clearance must be
to be tight.
revalidated if stocks not shipped within 180 days.
(b) Non-4 way entry skid base units must be
(3) Lot selection guidelines:
replaced with 4-way entry pallets. However, munitions
previously palletized on serviceable 4-way entry preserved
skidded bases are acceptable provide gross weight of unit does unquestionable serviceability will be loaded on PREPO,
not exceed 2200 pounds.
AFLOAT vessels. Lot will be selected by FSC, in coordination
with storage installations.
(5) Lot integrity must be maintained by supply source
and all transshipment activities. To the maximum extent
(b) FSC will select lots to assure that two or more
possible, an entire lot must be loaded in the same lots per DODIC are on board each, when possible. Multiple lots
conveyance(s). Quantities of one lot that can all be contained are needed to reduce impact of possible future suspension
in one conveyance must not be shipped in several railcars or actions against stocks aboard the PREPO, AFLOAT fleet.
trucks. When multiple lots within a conveyance are necessary,
(c) MROs will use exception data to advise
each lot will be segregated.
storage locations of specific lot numbers requested for each
(6) Shipper must assure 155mm projectiles are DODIC. Selected lots will be functionally cleared, and
assembled in bundles of three pallets (AMC DWG 1948-4076- quantities from each lot will be specified. Do not fill the order
20PE1001). Note that the 2 galvanized, 1- inch bundling from only one lot when more than one lot is called for. Do not
straps on the pallets should pass inboard of end eyebolt lifting substitute lots without coordination with FSC.
plugs in lieu of outboard of lifting plugs. Proper bundling
(d) Small lots (less than one pallet) will be
significantly decreases loading/unloading time at ports and
avoided in the selection process, where alternatives exist. For
multiple pallet shipments, round up the shipment quantity to
(7) Ammunition storage/shipping installations are the next full pallet if requisition quantity does not equate to
reminded to use all feasible procedures to prevent moisture full pallets.
(e) For propellant requirements see paragraph
(8) Shippers should repair broken pallets/skids and
(f) Preissue inspections will be directed, as
loose banding at time of shipment. Having to do these repairs
required, by addressee in para 1-5d(9), after review of
at the port with expensive contract labor is not cost effective.
individual lot histories.
(9) Shippers should assure all containers with air test
(g) Project Codes are used to identify each
plugs (propelling charges, 120mm, etc) have the plug in place.
Over the 5 or more years munitions normally stay on board, PREPO, AFLOAT ship. They will be MW_ with the last alpha
just one round with a missing plug could cause premature character indicating a specific ship. Functional clearances are
deterioration in the more hostile shipboard environment, required for shipments with these project codes.
resulting in self-ignition, and potential loss of the whole ship
(4) Army PREPO shipments are configured in break
bulk and strategic configured loads (SCL). See Para 1-5d(5)(f)
for SCL load drawing and configurations.
(10) PREPO shipments will meet European Union
Commission decision in respect to non-manufactured
e. MILVANS/ISO containers:
coniferous wood packing material (NMWPM) and be certified
(1) Containers should have at least 24 months
pest-free wood. The NMWPM materials are defined as wood
remaining on their CSC certification. It is imperative that CSC
pallets, skids, boxes, crates, reels, and other wooden materials
containers for PREPO, AFLOAT be inspected IAW the provision
that have not been satisfactorily processed to kill pests present
of MIL HDBK 138A even if they have current CSC certification
in the raw wood. Each container will be marked and certified.
labels. When a container fails to meet the criteria, it must be
d. Criteria applicable to Army PREPO, AFLOAT stock only:
rejected for use. Inspectors should not allow any deviation for
the MIL HDBK criteria.
explosives must be blocked and braced tightly IAW applicable
drawings. Slack spaces normally allowed laterally (1" to 1 ")
for road and rail transport are not allowable for vessel