USNS Comfort Departs for Medical Assistance Mission in South and Central America

October 15, 2018 – U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) departed Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia, Oct. 10, on an 11-week medical assistance mission to South and Central America where personnel will work closely with host-nation health and government partners in Ecuador, Peru, Colombia and Honduras. The purpose of the deployment is to help relieve pressure on host nation medical systems partly due to an increase in migrants crossing their borders and provide care to the appropriate communities. “This mission marks the sixth time the hospital ship will provide…

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US Navy Contract Announcements October 1, 2018

Custom Mechanical Systems Corp.,* Bargersville, Indiana, was awarded $34,685,621 for firm-fixed-price task order N4425518F4438 under a previously awarded, multiple award construction contract (N44255-17-D-4034) for the construction of a low rise, steel framed, blast hardened reinforced concrete masonry waterfront support facility and the construction of an upland general purpose storage facility at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor. This project will consolidate operations on the pier, expand shops and expand upland capabilities closer to the point of use. The increased capability minimizes the time and resources required to coordinate production workers, tools, and equipment.…

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USNS Guadalupe & Charles Drew Provide Logistics Services to John C Stennis Carrier Strike Group

September 10, 2018 – Off the coast of Southern California, since Aug. 7, Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Guadalupe (T-AO 200)  and MSC dry cargo ammunition ship USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE 10) have been providing logistics services to five ships from the USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) carrier strike group as they conducted a pre-deployment Composite Training Unit Exercise. Through a series of 41 replenishments-at-sea (RAS), Guadalupe and Drew delivered 1,282 pallets of food, parts and equipment, as well as 5 million gallons of jet fuel and…

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Maritime Pre-positioning Ships Squadron Conducts Group Sail with Guam Units

August 31, 2018 – Maritime Pre-positioning Ships Squadron Three successfully conducted its third multiship training exercise, Group Sail, Aug. 19-24, off the coast of Saipan, the Northern Mariana Islands and Guam. Although this was the third Group Sail exercise, this was the first time many of the ship’s captains and their crew participated in an event of this scale. Group Sail spanned five days and included seven pre-positioning ships — USNS 1st Lt. Jack Lummus, USNS Dahl, USNS 2nd Lt. John P. Bobo, USNS John Glenn, USNS Sacagawea, USNS Pililaau…

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Military Sealift Command Far East Exercises Expeditionary Port Operations in Pacific

August 24, 2018 – Members of Expeditionary Port Unit 102 (EPU 102), based out of the Navy Operational Support Center in New York City, was in Sattahip, Thailand, to support cargo operations and provide assistance to MV Ocean Grand, Aug. 17. “EPU 102 is a highly mobile unit staffed by reserve component personnel that can quickly deploy in support of contingency operations to locations around the world that have no MSC or Navy presence,” said Navy Cmdr. Donald Moore, commanding officer of EPU 102. “We can establish port operations and…

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MSC Ships Provide Logistics Services to Ships-at-Sea During RIMPAC 2018

Since June 26, four Military Sealift Command combat logistic fleet ships have been on station, by providing logistical support to the 25 nations, 45 surface ships participating in Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2018, the world’s largest, biennial international maritime exercise in Hawaii. USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO 187), USNS Rappahannock (T-AO 204), USNS Carl Brashear (T-AKE 7) and USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE 10) have been delivering the fuel to power the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard, and foreign navies surface and aviation forces, as well as the groceries that…

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USNS Hershel “Woody” Williams Arrives at Naval Station Norfolk

The U.S. Navy’s newest expeditionary sea base (ESB), USNS Hershel “Woody” Williams (T-ESB 4), arrived at Naval Station Norfolk, July 5, after completing its 15,000 nautical mile maiden voyage from San Diego, California. USNS Hershel “Woody” Williams was delivered to the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command in February 2018 and is the Navy’s second, purpose-built ESB. The first ESB is USS Lewis B. Puller (T-ESB 3) which is currently operating in the Middle East. “Our voyage from California to Virginia was very unusual because most modern ships use the Panama…

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USNS Mercy Departs Japan

Service members participating in Pacific Partnership 2018 (PP18) departed Yokosuka, Japan, aboard Military Sealift Command (MSC) hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), June 21. Mercy made two stops in Yokosuka and one in Tokyo, where service members participated in medical symposiums and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HA/DR) drills, and conducted ship tours for members of the Japanese government, military personnel and local citizens. “Port calls like this are a great opportunity to share knowledge, experiences and cultures with each other,” said Capt. David Bretz, PP18 mission commander. “The crew…

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USNS Millinocket arrives in Manila with embarked 7th Fleet Staff

USNS Millinocket (T-EPF 3) and embarked U.S. 7th Fleet staff Sailors and Marines arrived in Manila, Republic of the Philippines June 11. Manila is the final port of the U.S. 7th Fleet theater security cooperation (TSC) patrol. More than 40 servicemembers including the U.S. 7th Fleet band and Fleet Anti-terrorism Security Team Pacific (FASTPAC) Marines will participate in community relations projects and band engagements while here, as well as experience the local culture and interact with the city’s citizens. Many of the Philippine-born staff also look forward to reconnecting with…

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USNS Lummus, Ocean Jazz Complete Backload of Balikatan 2018

Military Sealift Command (MSC) ships conducted a backload of all equipment that was previously offloaded to support Exercise Balikatan (BK) 2018 at Subic Bay, Olongapo, Philippines, May 24-28. Maritime prepositioning ship (MPS) USNS 1st LT Jack Lummus (T-AK 3011) and general purpose, heavy-lift vessel MV Ocean Jazz loaded about 620 items, which they previously delivered, over the span of four days after the Balikatan exercise officially concluded May 18. “When our military is performing exercises with our partner nations, we are often focused on the kinetic aspect of the military-to-military…

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MSC to Celebrate National Maritime Day May 22

On May 22 we will join with communities around the nation to celebrate National Maritime Day, a day for celebration as well as a day of remembrance. The United States has always been, and will remain a maritime nation. For this reason, merchant mariners, the shipbuilding and repair industry, and maritime companies have been crucial to American economic prosperity since the founding of our nation. In 1933, Congress declared National Maritime Day to commemorate the American steamship Savannah’s voyage from the United States to England, marking the first successful crossing…

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Former Military Sealift Command Contractor Sentenced to 87 Months for Bribery and Fraud

A former contractor at the Military Sealift Command was sentenced to 87 months for his role in a bribery and fraud conspiracy through which he received nearly $3 million in bribes from approximately 1999 to approximately 2014. Acting Assistant Attorney General John P. Cronan of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division; Acting United States Attorney Tracy Doherty-McCormick for the Eastern District of Virginia; Special Agent in Charge Martin Culbreth of the FBI’s Norfolk Field Office; Special Agent in Charge Robert E. Craig, Jr. of the Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS) Mid-Atlantic…

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USNS Sioux Supports MDSU Dive Operations off the Coast of San Diego

Off the coast of San Diego, Calif., Military Sealift Command’s only Pacific based fleet ocean tug, USNS Sioux (T-ATF 171) is supporting dive operations with the Navy’s Mobile Dive and Salvage Unit ONE (MDSU 1), providing a training platform for the divers and the tug as well. Throughout the month of April, Sioux has been moored in a variety of areas and scenarios off the San Diego coast. While the mission objective is to provide a dive platform for MDSU divers, the situation offers a training opportunity for the crew…

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USNS Mercy arrives in Trincomalee, Sri Lanka

U.S and partner nation service members participating in Pacific Partnership 2018 arrived in Trincomalee, Sri Lanka aboard the U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), April 25. The mission in Trincomalee will continue through May 8 and will feature Pacific Partnership doctors and medical personnel working side-by-side with Sri Lankan medical professionals to exchange best practices. Additionally, U.S. and partner nation service members will join their Sri Lankan counterparts in civil engineering projects, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HA/DR) readiness seminars and public outreach engagements throughout the local community.…

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USNS Mercy arrives in Singapore during Pacific Partnership 2018

Service members and partner nation personnel participating in Pacific Partnership 2018 (PP18) aboard Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), arrived in Changi, Singapore on April 13 for a port call. During the visit, the crew will conduct routine maintenance, load additional supplies onto the ship, and prepare for the second mission stop in Port Kelang, Malaysia. “The crew and I are excited to visit Singapore and to get the chance to experience this wonderful city,” said Capt. David Bretz, PP18 mission commander. ”This brief visit provides a…

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