How do floating armouries operate?
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The detailed processes for the initiation, administration and arrangements for PCASP to embark/disembark FAs differ, but the basic conduct of operations of FAs are as follows:
Embarkation from port. PCASP will normally fly from their home locations to the port of embarkation, where they will congregate. They will then embark a support vessel (shuttle), which will take them to a FA, where they will be allocated with OEPs belonging to their contracting PMSC. If they are remaining on board the FA for a period they will be allocated accommodation while they await tasking from their PMSC.
Embarkation/Disembarkation directly to client vessel in port. PCASP may embark the client vessel in port prior to the OEP collection at the FA, and disembark in port 4 after the OEP drop off, with only the OEP being transferred to/from the FA. In the Red Sea, PCASP can embark the vessel at Suez and not collect their OEP until just outside the HRA boundary in the southern Red Sea some three days later.