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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Empire State Conducts First Mooring Operation at Hawaii PAR Terminal

Military Sealift Command charter ship MT Empire State conducted mooring operations at the PAR Hawaii single point mooring (SPM) terminal off the coast of Barbers Point, Hawaii, April 10 and 11. The operation was part of a proof of concept for the expeditionary fueling at sea program. Utilizing commercial tug boats and exceptional ship handling, Empire State moored to the SPM and received fuel hoses. A tug connected to the stern of the ship, ensured the tanker ship stayed in line with the 50 foot SPM, for the 24 hours…

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Ships Announced for 2018 New York Fleet Week

The Ships and Locations for New York Fleet Week 2018 Manhattan, Pier 90: • San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS Arlington (LPD 24), from Norfolk, Virginia. Arlington will embark several hundred Marines from Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. • Kingston-class coastal defence vessel HMCS Moncton (MM 708), from Canadian Forces Base Halifax Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, Pier 86: • Four USNA YPs, from Annapolis, Maryland (Vessels depart Saturday, May26) • Sentinel-class cutter USCGC Richard Snyder (WPC 1127), from Atlantic Beach, North Carolina Brooklyn Cruise Terminal: (In the Red Hook…

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HSC-28 Supports Obangame Express 2018

Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 28, stationed at Naval Station Norfolk, is conducting flight operations from the USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) in support of exercise Obangame Express 2018, the largest regional maritime exercise in West Africa. The eight-day exercise, sponsored by U.S. Africa Command, focuses on countering the trafficking of illegal arms and drugs, human trafficking, illegal migration, piracy, and illegal fishing. Additionally, maritime interdiction operations and search and rescue training are incorporated as part of the exercise. HSC-28, known as the “Dragon Whales,” actively deploy with the Second,…

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Gulf Island Fabrication Announces T-ATS Contract

Gulf Island Fabrication, Inc. announced March 19th that, through its subsidiary Gulf Island Shipyards, L.L.C., it has signed a contract for the construction and delivery of one (1) Towing, Salvage and Rescue Ship (T-ATS) Vessel with the U.S. Navy with an option for seven (7) additional vessels. Revenue backlog and man-hours estimates associated with this project will be included in the Company’s financial results for the quarter ending March 31, 2018. In addition to this award, Gulf Island, L.L.C., our fabrication subsidiary, has signed a contract with U.S. Wind, Inc.…

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US Navy Contract Announcements March 23, 2018

United Technologies Corp., Pratt & Whitney Military Engines, East Hartford, Connecticut, is being awarded a $239,691,086 advanced acquisition contract for long-lead materials, parts, and components for 137 low rate initial Production Lot 12 F135 propulsion systems for the Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, non-U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) participants, and foreign military sales (FMS) customers. This includes 46 F135-PW-100 propulsion systems for the Air Force; 20 F135-PW-600 propulsion systems for the Marine Corps; four F135-PW-100 propulsion systems for the Navy; 63 F135-PW-100 and four F135-PW-600 propulsion systems for non-U.S. DoD…

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