Unmanned Logistics Prototype Trials on USNS Apalachicola

The future USNS Apalachicola (EPF 13) is performing a series of planned test events assessing autonomous capabilities integrated into the shipboard configuration, demonstrating that a large ship can become a self-driving platform. Known as Unmanned Logistics Prototype trials, each test event increases the perception capabilities and complexity of behaviors demonstrated by the autonomous systems. Test evolutions to date include point-to-point…

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Military Sealift Command Tankers Support RIMPAC 2022

Underway, in the waters off the coast of Hawaii, Military Sealift Command (MSC) chartered tanker ships MT Maersk Peary and SLNC Goodwill are providing at-sea fuel deliveries to the MSC’s Combat Logistics Fleet (CLF) ships that are supporting the underway phase of the bi-annual maritime exercise, Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2022. Maersk Perry is delivering JP5 aviation fuel and…

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Austal USA Awarded Contract for Two USN Towing, Salvage, and Rescue Ships

Austal USA was awarded a $156 million U.S. Navy contract option for the construction of two Navajo-class Towing, Salvage, and Rescue Ships (T-ATS). With the award, the company is now under contract for four T-ATS having received awards for T-ATS 11 and 12 in October 2021. T-ATS will provide ocean-going tug, salvage, and rescue capabilities to support U.S. Navy fleet…

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RFA/MSC Discuss Closer Cooperation on Global Support

RFA Mounts Bay played host to the head of the Service – and his US counterpart as vital support arms of the two allied navies forge closer ties. Commander US Military Sealift Command (US MSC) Rear Admiral Michael A Wettlaufer and Royal Fleet Auxiliary Head of Service Commodore David Eagles joined the amphibious support ship in Portsmouth, fresh from her…

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MSC Supporting Bi-Annual Rim of the Pacific Exercise

Six Military Sealift Command ships will participate in the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2022 exercise throughout the month of July in the waters around Hawaii. MSC fleet replenishment oilers USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO 187), USNS Pecos (T-AO 197) and the MSC dry cargo/ammunition ship USNS Washington Chambers (T-AKE 11) will provide logistics services including aviation fuel, diesel ship…

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International Partners Team Up for Pacific Partnership 2022

U.S. Navy, Royal Navy and Australian Defence Force military members are embarked aboard Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) as part of the of Pacific Partnership 2022 (PP22) mission team. Now in its 17th year, Pacific Partnership is the largest annual multinational humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Pacific. Captain Charles Maynard, Royal…

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Austal Awarded T-EPF 16 Construction Contract

Austal USA announced today that it was awarded a $230.5 million contract for the detail design and construction of EPF 16, the Navy’s newest Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF) ship. Austal USA has successfully delivered 12 EPFs, on schedule and on budget. Three additional EPF’s are currently under construction. EPFs have demonstrated their operational capability to conduct a variety of missions…

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USNS John Lewis Conducts Acceptance Trials

USNS John Lewis (T-AO 205), the Navy’s lead ship of its new class of fleet replenishment oilers, conducted Acceptance Trials, April 25. Acceptance Trials consist of a series of in-port and at-sea demonstrations that allow the Navy and the shipbuilder, General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO), to assess the ship’s systems and readiness prior to delivery to the…

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