The Military Sealift Command (MSC) is a United States Navy organization that controls the replenishment and military transport ships of the Navy. The United States Military Sealift Command has the responsibility for providing sealift and ocean transportation for all US military services as well as for other government agencies. It first came into existence on 9 July 1949 when the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) became solely responsible for the Department of Defense's ocean transport needs. The MSTS was renamed the Military Sealift Command in 1970.
Military Sealift Command ships are made up of a core fleet of ships owned by the United States Navy and others under long-term-charter augmented by short-term or voyage-chartered ships. The Navy-owned ships carry blue and gold stack colors, are in service with the prefix USNS (United States Naval Ship), rather than in commission (a USS prefix), have hull numbers as an equivalent commissioned ship would have with the prefix T- and are civilian manned by either civil service mariners or contract crews (see United States Merchant Marine) as is the case of the special mission ships. Ships on charter or equivalent, retain commercial colors and bear the normal merchant MV, SS, or GTS without hull numbers.
Rather than offloading directly in Durres' port, US personnel conducted a joint logistics over-the-shore operation, unloading vehicles and other heavy equipment from USNS Bob Hope, a US Military Sealift Command cargo ship, onto smaller vessels for transport to shore.
On June 7, a U.S. Navy Military Sealift Command fleet oiler rescued the crew of an aging freighter in the Gulf of Aden... Patuxent proceeded to the vessel's position at top speed, and she arrived before the ship completely sank ... They provided the survivors with food, water and a medical screening. Images courtesy USN ... ....
“Antarctica isn’t a ‘country’ claimed by any one country; and we went there to open the channel that allowed the Military Sealift Command to resupply the three bases there,” she said ... My dad and granddad both served in the military; and I felt it was my patriotic duty, too.”.
Navy... The vessel is currently under construction at Austal's yard in Alabama, and it will be the 13th of a series of 15 ... The series is operated by civilian merchant mariners as part of Military Sealift Command's sealift program; an unmanned version, without a vulnerable crew, might have alternative applications for the Navy ... ....
As part of that process, China will move from a mere regional power to one with a global military reach ... a lack of a global combatant command system, limited strategic airlift and sealift, lack of a dense network of large overseas bases rooted in formal military alliances, and limited experience with foreign languages and cultures.
It’s the cargo ships of the Merchant Marine that deliver military personnel and materiel in times of conflict. The USNavy’s Strategic Sealift Officer (SSO) Program provides the obligated licensed merchant marine officers to man these vessels, of which USMMA graduates make up more than 80 percent.
Navy after the Persian Gulf War when converted into the Shughart-class roll-on/roll-off ship for the Military Sealift Command...Mercogliano is a former merchant mariner, having sailed and worked ashore for the Military Sealift Command.
Navy... “Growing up in a very small town taught me that anything is possible,” Swinford said in the release ... Roughly 100 military officers and crew, plus 45 Military Sealift Command personnel make up the ship’s company ... Serving in the Navy is a continuing tradition of military service for Swinford, whose uncle retired as a major in the U.S. Army ... .