AW1 Tim certainly appreciates technology, and although I view some things in a “is that really needed?” light, every once in awhile something comes along that makes absolute sense.
Today’s example is the “FOB in a Box”. This is another in the evolution of shipping containers. It is a series of support modules designed to be either built into existing containers, or built to the same specs. These modules provide food service, laundry, showers and toilets, etc. They are east to transport and, in many cases, can be set up and ready to go by two men in as little as two hours time.
From Fox News:
Forces often need to operate in areas where the local infrastructure is rudimentary at best or has collapsed. Kitchen, laundry, water and sanitation facilities are essential for forces that will be based at home but on contingency status — meaning those needing to deploy quickly.
Fortunately, the forward operating base (FOB) now comes in one big box.
The box part of these pop-ups are standard shipping containers, meaning they can be transported just like anything else by air, water, road or rail. They’re stackable too, plus they can be hoisted about and put on a pallet with a standard hook lift or maneuvered by truck and crane and then easily unveil a kitchen, bathroom and more.
The kitchen module is well-thought out, and capable of easily feeding 300-500 people.
A standard kitchen that can produce meals for 300 to 600 comprises four containers that can be set up by two people within ten hours. It can be augmented with two additional containers to feed 500 to 1,000 — and by modifying it with six containers it can feed 3,000 soldiers.
What does a pop-up kitchen look like? All of the interior walls, including the ceiling and floor, are stainless steel providing compliance with hygiene requirements in style.
Forces often deploy to areas where contagious diseases spread by viruses, micro-organisms and parasites pose a threat. These kitchens in a box tackle this problem with UVC and air-optimization systems.
UVC, ultra violet radiation or UV light, disinfects water, air and surfaces prevents microbes from breeding by damaging the genetic material. Some microbes can evolve to resist chemicals and antibiotics; UVC solves the resistance problem.
I think that this is a great idea, and it tags along with my own idea of building ship=borne self-defense modules for commercial vessels. I have been saying, since the time we were reflagging Kuwaiti tankers in the Gulf, that a self-defense system designed to fit into 1-4 cargo containers could be designed and mounted easily onto the deck(s) of commercial shipping vessels and provide support for dealing with small attackers, such as pirates.
These new support modules for FOB are also a great idea for any sort of emergency deployment operation, such as disaster relief, where large numbers of people may need to be taken care of. Medical clinics, small surgical and dental set-ups, as well as bunk rooms for support personnel could all be built into these containers and shipped via truck, train or plane to where needed and be ready for use in an extremely short period of time.