MV Ocean Giant Offloads Operations Deep Freeze 2019 Materian at Port Hueneme

March 13, 2019 – Military Sealift Command-chartered container ship MV Ocean Giant has successfully completed Operation Deep Freeze (ODF) cargo offload operations in Port Hueneme, Calif. The operation was part of MSC’s annual resupply mission in support of the Joint Task Force Support for Antarctica mission to the NSF-managed U.S. Antarctic Program. A team from MSC, including Navy Reservists from MSC’s Expeditionary Port Unit (EPU) 114, coordinated all aspects of the offload of 450 containers of retrograde—including station waste and recyclables, as well as ice-core samples for scientific study. The…

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MV Ocean Giant Completes Support of U.S. Antarctic Program

February 11, 2019 – Military Sealift Command-chartered container ship MV Ocean Giant has successfully completed cargo operations at the ice-pier at the National Science Foundation’s McMurdo Station, Antarctica. The operation was part of MSC’s annual resupply mission in support of Operation Deep Freeze, the Joint Task Force Support for Antarctica mission to the NSF-managed U.S. Antarctic Program. Ocean Giant, whose mission began in late December, with a loadout of dry cargo in Port Hueneme, Calif., where the cargo was loaded before delivery to Antarctica. The ship arrived at the NSF…

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MV Ocean Giant Arrives in Antarctica in Support of U.S. Antarctic Program

February 1, 2019 – Military Sealift Command-chartered container ship MV Ocean Giant arrived safely at the ice-pier at the National Science Foundation’s McMurdo Station, Antarctica, and is currently conducting cargo offloads. The operation is part of MSC’s annual resupply mission in support of Operation Deep Freeze, the Joint Task Force Support for Antarctica mission to the NSF-managed U.S. Antarctic Program. Ocean Giant, whose mission began in late December, with a loadout of dry cargo in Port Hueneme, Calif., is delivering 498 containers and various breakbulk equaling nearly 7 million pounds…

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Operation Deep Freeze Underway

January 7, 2019 – The Military Sealift Command (MSC) charter ship MV Ocean Giant is en route to Antarctica after recent cargo operations in Port Hueneme in support of the annual Operation Deep Freeze (ODF) resupply mission. Beginning in late December, a team from MSC including Navy Reservists from MSC’s Expeditionary Port Unit (EPU) 114 coordinated all aspects of the loadout of nearly seven million pounds of cargo. The cargo consists of 498 containers filled will food, mechanical parts, vehicles, construction materials, office supplies and electronics equipment, and much more;…

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Military Sealift Gets Operation Deep Freeze Underway On Time

December 28, 2018 – Cargo operations are underway in Port Hueneme, Calif., where supplies and equipment are being loaded onto the Military Sealift Command charter ship MV Ocean Giant in preparation for delivery to the remote Antarctica outpost of McMurdo Station, in support of the annual resupply mission; Operation Deep Freeze 2019. Since Dec. 26, a team from MSC including Navy Reservists from MSC’s Expeditionary Port Unit (EPU) 114 have been coordinating all aspects of the loadout of nearly 7 million pounds of cargo. The cargo consists of 498 containers…

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Polar Star Home After Six Months in Drydock

October 18, 2018 – Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star arrived home Wednesday to Seattle following a six-month maintenance period at Mare Island Dry Dock in Vallejo, California. The 42-year-old icebreaker received extensive repairs and upgrades to engineering and electronic systems while completing the dry dock availability at Mare Island for the second time in as many years. “We successfully accomplished an annual dry dock availability valued at over $7.6 million,” stated Lt. Cmdr. Chris Pelar, Polar Star’s engineering officer. “More than 50 work items were completed while in dry dock.…

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MSC Operation Deep Freeze 2018 Fuel Delivery Ops Begin at McMurdo Station With Arrival of M/T Maersk Peary

Military Sealift Command chartered ship MT Maersk Peary has arrived at McMurdo Station, Antarctica and is currently offloading nearly 6 million gallons of diesel and jet fuel in support of the Operation Deep Freeze 2018 resupply mission. The scene was the proverbial ships passing in the night as Peary passed by the outgoing MSC chartered ship MV Ocean Giant, who had been at the McMurdo Station ice-pier discharging cargo for the past week.  The crews waved at each other as they entered and exited Winters Quarters Bay. Military Sealift Command…

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Military Sealift Command’s Expeditionary Port Unit 114 Gets Operation Deep Freeze 2018 Underway On Time

The purpose of ODF is to provide logistical support to the U.S. Antarctic Program via Department of Defense assets. MSC has supported ODF since McMurdo Station was established in 1955, providing supplies and fuel to scientists operating from the remote base. While the rest of the country shivers in a late December arctic blast, in Port Hueneme, Calif., where temperatures hover in the low 70s, cargo is being loaded onto the Military Sealift Command charter ship MV Ocean Giant in preparation for delivery to the remote Antarctica outpost of McMurdo…

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