MSC fast sealift ship USNS Capella enters the port of Iskenderun on Turkey's Mediterranean coast in February. Fast sealift ships are some of the fastest cargo ships in the world. Photo by Fatih Saribas, courtesy of Reuters.
by Vice Admiral David L. Brewer III
Commander, Military Sealift Command
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A dramatic new role emerged for MSC fleet oiler USNS Guadalupe in March when she was directed to the Fifth Fleet area of operations. For what is believed to be the first time ever, the oiler was used to replenish U.S. Navy submarines at sea. All cargo must be broken down into 30-40 pound loads and placed in bags before transferring the supplies to the submarines. Photo by OS1(SW) Larry Reisinger, USN.
After a full day of replenishing underway submarines, Boatswain's Mate Rodney Kubiak (yellow hat) brings his rigid hull inflatable boat back to MSC fleet oiler USNS Guadalupe.
A Bermuda fisherman is brought aboard USNS Comfort after the MSC hospital ship found him adrift in a raft. Comfort rescued the man, whose boat sank, just two days after Comfort left the port of Baltimore, en route to the Middle East in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Photo by JO2 Ellen Maurer, USN.
A Marine guides a light armored reconnaissance craft down the ramp of MV Cpl. Louis J. Hauge Jr., one of the first ships to take part in an off-load of combat vehicles, equipment and ammunition during the buildup of U.S. forces prior to Operation Iraqi Freedom. Photo by PH3 Aaron Pineda, USN.
A container crane at the North Carolina State Port in Wilmington, N.C., prepares to load U.S. Marine Corps cargo aboard MSC fast sealift ships USNS Denebola (foreground) and USNS Regulus. Photo by B.J. Talley.
On July 7, MSC welcomed Rear Adm. Deborah A. Loewer, USN, who assumed duties as Vice Commander, MSC. Rear Adm. Loewer's last duty was as Director of the White House Situation Room. She has also served as the Military Assistant to the Secretary of Defense. Rear Adm. Loewer is the first woman Surface Warfare Officer to be selected for flag rank. Photo by Barry Lake.
A rainbow appears to guide the way for MSC's large, medium-speed, roll-on/roll-off ship USNS Charlton. The ship was en route from Beaumont, Texas, to the Mediterranean Sea. Photo by Third Mate Shannon Bluestein.
Aircraft carrier USS George Washington comes alongside Military Sealift Command fleet oiler USNS Kanawha for an underway replenishment at sea. Photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Joan Kretschmer, USN.