MSC 2013 in Review

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Subordinate Commands

Military Sealift Command Atlantic – Norfolk

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SCLANT executes tactical or administrative control for all MSC ships in the Western Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico and in both the Southern Atlantic and Eastern Pacific oceans surrounding Central and South America. MSCLANT schedules and provides all combat logistics support for Commanders, Task Force 80 and 40, including support for major fleet exercises. Additionally, MSCLANT/CTF 83 deploys combat logistics force ships in support of global force management requirements to U.S. 5th and 6th fleets, as well as providing direct support for all carrier strike groups deploying from CTF 80. Under U.S. Transportation Command and MSC operational control, MSCLANT is responsible for the execution of strategic sealift missions, loading equipment, fuel, supplies and ammunition for the sustainment of U.S. forces deployed to other regions.

USNS Robert E. Peary
MSC dry cargo/ammunition ship USNS Robert E. Peary (T-AKE 5) conducts a replenishment at sea with the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). U.S. Navy photo by MCSN Hunter Harwell.

MSCLANT maintains daily oversight of approximately 35 ships in support of U.S. Navy and DOD global operations. MSCLANT marine transportation specialists from its headquarters in Norfolk, Va., and out-port representatives from Earle, N.J.; Sunny Point, N.C.; Charleston, S.C.; Beaumont, Texas; Port Canaveral, Fla.; and Jacksonville, Fla., provide operational, administrative, material and logistics support for MSC ships in their respective areas.

FY 2013 Operations

Two civilian mariners aboard USNS Spearhead assist a Marine as he returns to the ship following a ship evacuation dril
Two civilian mariners aboard MSC joint high-speed vessel USNS Spearhead assist a Marine as he returns to the ship following a ship evacuation drill. U.S. Navy photo by Pfc. Jose Mendez.
Navy divers embarked aboard USNS Grasp are lowered into the water during diving operations to recover the wreckage of an F-16
Navy divers embarked aboard MSC rescue and salvage ship USNS Grasp (T-ARS 51) are lowered into the water during diving operations to recover the wreckage of an F-16. U.S. Navy photo by MC1 Ernesto Hernandez Fonte.

Military Sealift Command Pacific – San Diego

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SCPAC exercises operational control over MSC ships in the U.S. 3rd Fleet’s area of operations in the Eastern Pacific. CLF ships delivered fuel, food, supplies and ammunition to U.S. Navy combatants, allowing the fleet’s ships to remain at sea for extended periods. Other ships under MSCPAC’s control transported vital military cargo to U.S. and allied nations worldwide.

USS George Washington conducts a replenishment at sea with USNS Charles Drew
Aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73), left, conducts a replenishment at sea with MSC dry cargo/ammunition ship USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE 10). U.S. Navy photo by MCSN Beverly Lesonik.

FY 2013 Operations

Military Sealift Command Europe and Africa – Naples, Italy

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epresenting MSC in the Europe and Africa areas of responsibility, MSCEURAF directs MSC ships that support U.S. European Command, U.S. Africa Command and U.S. Transportation Command. The MSCEURAF staff also supports Commander, Task Force 63 under U.S. 6th Fleet. MSC Ship Support Unit Naples falls under the command of MSCEURAF/CTF 63.

MSC ships deploy to or transit through the region to conduct combat logistics; theater security cooperation; oceanographic survey; rescue and salvage; maritime prepositioning and strategic sealift operations. MSCEURAF provides local support to these ships. During FY 2013, MSCEURAF managed the operations of 54 ships in the EUCOM and AFRICOM areas of responsibility. CLF ships conducted underway replenishments with 303 customer ships, delivering 27 million gallons of diesel fuel and 2 million gallons of aviation fuel, in addition to thousands of pallets of vital food, supplies and cargo to U.S. and foreign navies throughout the region. These vessels made more than 271 port calls to 52 different locations, with command personnel coordinating 58 transits through the Strait of Gibraltar and supporting MSC ships participating in U.S. exercises. Sealift ships delivered 1,123 containers of cargo and transferred 6 million barrels of DOD fuel among various fuel-bunkering locations throughout Europe.

FY 2013 Operations

Military Sealift Command Central – Manama, Bahrain

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SCCENT represents MSC in the U.S. Central Command AOR, including the Arabian Gulf, Arabian Sea, Gulf of Oman, Horn of Africa, Gulf of Aden and Red Sea. MSCCENT provides reliable and efficient sealift, at-sea combat logistics, special mission support and maritime services to meet U.S. Central Command requirements.

USS Pioneer and USS Warrior rest atop MSC-chartered merchant vessel Super Servant III
Mine countermeasure ships USS Pioneer (MCM 9) and USS Warrior (MCM 10) rest atop MSC-chartered merchant vessel Super Servant III as it slowly rises to the surface during a long-distance, heavy-lift operation. U.S. Navy photo by MC2 Michael Scichilone.

The MSCCENT commander is dual-hatted as commander of Logistics Forces U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/Commander Task Force 53 and exercises tactical command of U.S. 5th Fleet air and sea logistics assets.

During FY 2013, CLF ships under MSCCENT’s tactical command conducted 948 replenishments at sea that delivered more than 36,700 pallets of food and supplies to Navy and allied surface combatants and more than 128 million gallons of fuel to Navy and coalition ships. MSC tankers in the MSCCENT AOR delivered more than 272 million gallons of fuel to DOD distribution depots.

Working as CTF-53, command personnel coordinated and moved nearly 17,000 tons of cargo, more than 1,800 tons of mail and 39,000 passengers on more than 5,000 airlift missions.

In FY 2013, more than 100 security teams were embarked on MSC ships in support of Operation Enduring Freedom as part of coordinated force protection against waterborne and land-based terrorist attacks in the MSCCENT AOR.

FY 2013 Operations

Military Sealift Command Far East – Singapore

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SC Far East exercises operational control over MSC ships that support U.S. Pacific Command, U.S. Transportation Command and U.S. 7th Fleet. MSCFE is co-located with Commander, Logistics Group, Western Pacific/Commander, Task Force 73 at Sembawang Wharves in Singapore.

During FY 2013, MSCFE managed a daily average of 47 ships representing all of MSC’s missions in the vast U.S. 7th Fleet AOR.

MSC CLF ships completed 449 replenishment-at-sea evolutions during the fiscal year, delivering more than 44 million gallons of diesel and aviation fuel and thousands of pallets of cargo to U.S. and foreign navies throughout the AOR.

MSC-chartered shuttle ship, MV Mohegan, moved dry cargo and supplies to and from the remote island of Diego Garcia 12 times during the fiscal year. MSC fuel tankers moved aviation and diesel fuel to ports throughout the AOR, including Guam, Japan, South Korea, Wake Island, Diego Garcia, Singapore and Kwajalein Atoll.

FY 2013 Operations