Seal of the Military Sealift Command

From Commander, Military Sealift Command It’s been 70 years since Military Sea Transportation Service became the single managing agency for the Department of Defense’s ocean transportation needs. In that time, not only has the name of our organization changed, but our mission has evolved as well. After seven decades of conducting global logistics support missions in a generally permissive maritime environment, the growing threat from near-peer competitors means that MSC needs to adapt to the changing operating environment. We have spent the last several years focusing our efforts on holistic…

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USNS Puerto Rico Christened

This past Saturday the Navy christened our newest expeditionary fast transport, USNS Puerto Rico (T-EPF 11). We are honored to have an MSC ship named after the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and grateful to have as the ship’s sponsor, U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Naval forces are critically important in building partnerships with our friends and allies, rapidly responding to crises, deterring adversaries, and sustaining our forward presence. Ships like USNS Puerto Rico enable MSC to confidently sail the world’s oceans, providing assured logistics and specialized support to…

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Shipyard and Ship Repair Industry Day

August 2, 2018 – Last week we hosted the second in our series of “industry days.” For this event, leaders from the shipyard and ship repair industry, operating companies under contract, and members of our staff came together to discuss areas of mutual interest and build partnerships to solve challenges confronting Military Sealift Command. Serving as a forum for collaboration, we began the day committed to three important principles: – MSC needs strong partners in the shipyard and ship repair industry; – MSC is committed to continuous improvement; and –…

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MSC Commander Speaks at USNS Hershel “Woody” Williams Christening Ceremony in San Diego

Rear Adm. Dee L. Mewbourne, commander, Military Sealift Command, served as a speaker at the christening of the U.S. Navy’s newest ship, expeditionary staging base USNS Hershel “Woody” Williams (T-ESB 4) at the General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard in San Diego Oct. 21. Mewbourne was one of five speakers that included Vice Adm. Dixon R. Smith, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Fleet Readiness and Logistics, Rear Adm. William J. Galinis, Program Executive Officer, Ships, Gloria Valdez and keynote speaker Maj. Gen. Eric M. Smith, commanding general, 1st Marine Division. The…

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Respect for our Teammates

MSC teammates, many of you have seen recent reports about a “Marines United” social media site that degraded female members of our sister service.  If you thought the website or the misconduct was limited to the Marine Corps, I regret to say this is not the case.  We, the Navy and MSC, have a serious problem and we must come together to solve it. Degrading behavior is flat out wrong.  It violates the trust of our teammates and threatens our ability to carry out our mission.  These cowardly acts are…

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