Military Sealift Command’s expeditionary fast transport ship USNS Brunswick (T-EPF 6) made its first port visit to Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia, Aug. 25-30. Brunswick’s visit was part of a goodwill tour to the area, designed to maintain regional stability in the Western Pacific.
While in port, Navy and Marine Corps personnel from U.S. Pacific Fleet, Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, U.S. 3rd Fleet, I Marine Expeditionary Force, and Commander Task Force (CTF) 33 conducted site surveys for future medical engagements and engineering projects in Oceania.
To celebrate friendship and continued partnership with the citizens of Pohnpei, Brunswick hosted a dinner reception onboard the ship for national and state government officials including Robert A. Riley, U.S. Ambassador to the Federated States of Micronesia and Yosiwo P. George, Vice President of the Federated States of Micronesia. The Brunswick, accompanied by Joanne Cummings, U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires, departed Pohnpei, continuing their assessments in the region.
“It has really been an amazing experience to be here in Pohnpei and to represent Commander 3rd Fleet and Military Sealift Command,” said Lt. Cmdr. Rocky Dompig, Military Sealift Command Pacific’s operations support officer. “Meeting the ambassador, Mr. George and the people of Micronesia put faces to the place and really made the visit personal. I look forward to returning again, soon!”
Brunswick is the sixth in the Spearhead-class of expeditionary fast transport ships. The ship’s 338-foot-long aluminum hulled catamaran design provides a fast, flexible and maneuverable platform, ideal for rapid intra-theater transport of troops and military equipment and supports a wide range of operations. As part of the U.S. Navy’s long range plan to put the most advanced and capable units forward, Brunswick will operate from Saipan in support of operations throughout the U.S. Pacific Fleet area of responsibility.