Naval Operational Logistics Distribution Systems (NOLDS) Prototype Project


Scope/High Level Overview:

The United States Navy (USN), the United States Marine Corps (USMC), and the United States Department of Defense (DoD) seek better capability to efficiently and optimally distribute fuel, dry cargo, and munitions within theater. Specifically, the Navy has identified known gaps in capability to deliver these supplies within contested environments. Additionally, with a growing energy demand and new Distributed Maritime Operations (DMO), Joint Commanders and their staffs require more options to replenish ships, vehicles, equipment, and systems at the right time and location. The Operational Logistics (OPLOG) Integration R&D Program, chartered by the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Mobility and Combat Logistics Division (OPNAV N42), is developing concepts, prototypes, and technology transition projects for at-sea, littoral, and over-the-shore (OTS) distributed logistics and fueling. The NOLDS prototype project is unclassified.

The NOLDS prototype project, led by the OPLOG program from the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Carderock Division (NSWC-CD), will generate solutions, conduct developmental testing (DT) and operational testing (OT), develop and demonstrate prototypes, and transition operational logistics solutions in support of DMO. Some of these new distributed logistics solutions may include fuel and cargo storage and distribution systems that enable more agile and robust logistics operations at-sea, in the littorals, and OTS in contested environments. These prototype projects are envisioned to include, but not limited to, the following capabilities:

  • Floating and/or submerged fuel storage with significant storage and pumping capacity.
  • Ability to hold station via dynamic positioning (DP) and/or traditional mooring capability.
  • Ability to interface with and receive/transfer fuel and cargo to/from US Navy and commercial assets.
  •  Ability to transfer fuel and cargo ashore from an offshore location.
  • Robust interconnection capabilities to enable ship-to-ship and ship-to-shore fuel transfer under a wide range of missions and sea state operational constraints.
  • Require minimal manning and/or autonomous operations.
  • Low or limited visibility to the adversary.

The NOLDS prototype project will be multi-faceted to include one or more analyses of alternatives (AoA) and design activities, followed by small-scale test and evaluation (T&E) pilots to prove out the major technical and operational components of the prototypes. The ultimate outcome of the NOLDS prototype project is to develop, demonstrate, and assess prototypes that can perform in relevant operational environments that meet warfighter standards.

Technical Objectives of the Program:

The intent of the NOLDS prototype project is to generate solutions, conduct DT and OT, develop and demonstrate prototypes and transition operational logistics capabilities in support of DMO. The OPLOG Program at NSWC-CD plans to develop and prototype eight (8) solutions. A brief description of each follows.

  • Bulk Fuel Over-the-Shore Storage and Delivery System – A bulk fuel over-the-shore storage and delivery system designed to be minimally manned with low visibility and able to operate in an austere environment.
  • Modular CONSOL Adapter Kit – A modular refueling capability for US tankers and other fuel carrying commercial vessels to refuel the Navy’s Combat Logistics Force (CLF) while underway at sea.
  • Improved Modular Fuel and Cargo Delivery Station – A modular refueling and cargo system applicable to commercial and Naval platforms to provide an underway replenishment capability to US Navy ships.
  • Close-in Fuel Rig – A near-term close-in refueling station designed to integrate with commercial and Naval vessels to provide additional refueling capability options for Navy ships.
  • Modified Fuel Rig for Astern and Over-the-Shore Refueling – A modified hose and reel rig attached to commercial ships that can deliver an astern refueling capability to Navy ships as well as provide fuel over-the-shore to Joint Forces.
  • Open Ocean Bulk Fuel Cache – A system that enables a minimally manned fuel cache for more agile and robust refueling operations at sea.
  • Littoral Bulk Fuel Cache – A near-shore fuel cache platform that provides the ability to refuel small craft at sea and deliver smaller volumes of fuel ashore.
  • Rapidly Deployable Over-the-Shore Refueling System – A modular hose and reel system adaptive force package that can be rapidly deployed from the supply vessel offshore without deploying any small craft and could easily be retrieved and redeployed to support mission conditions.

Follow-On Activities:
The envisioned end state for all eight NOLDS prototypes is an ability to reach initial operational capability (IOC) in the follow-on production OT. IOC is defined as the state when a prototype capability has reached its minimum useful deployable form. This generally includes conducting Initial Operational Test and Evaluation (IOT&E) and Operational Test and Evaluation (OT&E) to determine IOC.

Pursuant to 10 U.S.C. 2371b(f), if competitive procedures were used for the selection of parties for participation in the transaction for a prototype pilot and the participants in the transaction successfully completed the prototype project, production OTs are authorized and offer a streamlined method for transitioning into follow-on production without competition. Potential follow-on production contracts may be either sole source, based on successful completion of the prototype project within the scope of this document, or competed at the discretion of the Government. The Navy anticipates follow-on production for each of the eight NOLDS prototype projects.

Solution offerors will be asked to provide a plan in their solution response that outlines how their solution could be utilized in follow-on activities.

Estimated Timeline: FY20-FY25