The assault hoseline system is intended to be used as a temporary
pipeline and can transport fuel at a maximum rate of 500 to 550 barrels
per hour across 10 miles of flat terrain. The use of the assault
hoseline for transportation of bulk petroleum has become increasingly
important as an expedient means of providing adequate quantities of bulk
petroleum in the shortest time possible.
PART A - THE ASSAULT HOSELINE SYSTEM
Six soldiers and the following equipment are needed to lay out and
assemble the hose line:
Thirteen flaking boxes.
One 350-gallon-per-minute (GPM) pumping assembly.
A flow control kit.
Ten steel roadway crossing guards.
A hose suspension kit.
A hoseline displacement and evacuation kit.
A hoseline packing kit.
A hose repair kit.
PART B - SAFETY AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONSIDERATIONS
Prior to the start of the mission, the troops must be briefed on any
safety or environmental hazards they may encounter. The briefing should
include the proper response to such hazards and other information which
will enable them to correctly address less serious infractions
independently. Each mission encompasses different situations and unit
interactions so you need to develop a mission-specific briefing for each;
therefore no one solution can or will be presented in this lesson. If
your experience does not afford you a basis for preparing a briefing,
contact a supervisor for additional information.
PART C - SUPERVISING THE LAYOUT, ASSEMBLY, AND TESTING OF
THE ASSAULT HOSELINE
Choosing a Route. Select a direct route which is free of obstacles. If possible, try to parallel an existing
road to aid construction, operation, and security. A route parallel to a secondary all-weather road is better
than a heavily traveled main supply route. Take advantage of natural cover such as fencelines, woods, and
hedgerows. However, do not disturb the natural cover by grading or leveling. Try to avoid rocky areas which
might damage the hose.
It is possible to distribute the hose at speeds up to 35 MPH. However, the recommended maximum
speed is 20 MPH. As the hose is distributed, men spread out along the route (at least two each 1/4 mile),
walk the line to straighten out undesirable kinks or bends, and remove small obstructions which might cause
damage when the hose is pressurized. When distributed on a road, the hose must be picked up from the
roadway itself and moved to a position in the road ditch (Figure 6-1).