Military Sealift Command Atlantic – Norfolk
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.
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
- MSCLANT provided oversight for loading and discharge of more than 5.1 million square feet of military equipment and cargo and nearly 36 million gallons of strategic fuel and other petroleum products during sealift missions, as well as providing afloat logistics support for nine deployments, nine major fleet exercises, two major submarine force sea trials and four major tows.
- MSCLANT continued to play a crucial role in Operation New Dawn, Operation Enduring Freedom and other contingency operations and exercises, transferring more than 2.2 million barrels (94 million gallons) of strategic fuels, loading a total of nearly 31,000 pieces of sealift cargo equaling almost 700,000 square feet and almost 4 million tons net explosive weight of strategic ordnance.
- Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection personnel conducted 47 spot checks on ships from New England to the Gulf of Mexico, evaluating their AT/FP programs. The AT/FP team also coordinated a number of high-visibility, in-port security plans and logistics requirements, including coordination of an AT plan for patrol craft heavy lift operations executed by MV Eide Transporter from Naval Station Norfolk to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operation. Throughout the year, the command’s AT/FP staff coordinated 22 high-threat/chokepoint transits of the Panama Canal and 10 armed U.S. Coast Guard and/or New Jersey State Police waterborne escorts for MSC vessels to and from port, all without incident. Additionally, the AT/FP directorate received, for the second time, the fixed-installation Griff Hume Antiterrorism Award.
- MSCLANT’s USNS Robert E. Peary received the annual Griff Hume Antiterrorism Afloat Award for having the best AT program in MSC’s fleet. This is the third consecutive award presented to an MSCLANT ship.
- MSCLANT staff and afloat units participated in the annual Solid Curtain/Citadel Shield anti-terrorism exercise coordinated by USFF and Navy Installations Command in March 2013. Although the exercise was cut short due to fiscal constraints imposed by sequestration, MSCLANT completed a number of pre-exercise training events at the command level well ahead of the actual exercise.
- Selected Reserve Sailors from MSCLANT, Expeditionary Port Unit 109, and EPU 110 provided direct support to operations, the Jacksonville port office and the command chaplain. Reserve Sailors also provided support to multiple exercises and operations including Hurricane Sandy relief, Joint Task Force - Port Opening Heavy, Operation Pacer Goose and Combined Joint Logistics Over-the-Shore. Additionally, Strategic Sealift Officers contributed 639 days of support to MSCLANT and subordinate assets.
- MSCLANT logistics ordnance personnel scheduled, coordinated and oversaw the safe and efficient transfer of more than 15,000 lifts of fleet ordnance and ammunition, in port and at sea, in support of deploying and returning ships. This included four aircraft carriers, two amphibious assault ships and five MSC Combat Logistics Force ships.
- October: MSCLANT Task Force Designator changed from CTF-23 to CTF-83. Missions, functions and tasks remained unchanged. Fleet replenishment oiler USNS Leroy Grumman participated in Exercise Joint Warrior 122. Dry cargo/ammunition ship USNS Sacagawea conducted a complete offload of ammunition and ordnance from aircraft carrier USS Enterprise upon return from its final deployment in preparation for deactivation. Due to damage resulting from Hurricane Sandy, fast combat support ship USNS Arctic went to a ROS-30 status at Naval Weapons Station Earle in New Jersey.
- November: Tug Carlo Marello accompanied cable laying/repair ship USNS Zeus from Plymouth, United Kingdom, to the United States. Zeus had suffered an engine casualty resulting in significantly reduced operational capabilities. Fleet replenishment oiler USNS Kanawha supported the USS Wasp Amphibious Ready Group. Fleet ocean tug USS Apache supported the tow of USS Montpelier.
- December: Due to damage to the piers and port loading equipment at NWS Earle following Hurricane Sandy, MSCLANT successfully offloaded ammunition from dry cargo/ammunition ship USNS Peary at Naval Weapons Station Yorktown. It was the first-ever ammunition transfer for a dry cargo/ammunition ship at that location. More than 1,100 lifts totaling 658 tons were conducted in five days. USNS Spearhead was delivered to the fleet and began its high-speed certification in the vicinity of Pensacola.
- January: USNS Kanawha supported the USS Harry S. Truman carrier strike group.
- February: MV Ocean Atlas participated in Beyond the Horizon exercises, traveling to Panama, Honduras and Guatemala throughout early March. HSV 2 Swift supported Southern Partnership Station throughout the U.S. 4th Fleet area of operations. Hospital ship USNS Comfort changed berths from Baltimore, Md., to Naval Station Norfolk. Joint high-speed vessel USNS Spearhead conducted port visits to St. Petersburg and Mayport in Florida to showcase its capabilities to flag officers from U.S. Southern Command, U.S. Central Command and U.S. Special Operations Command.
- March: Oceanographic survey ship USNS Pathfinder conducted operations in the vicinity of the Panama Canal prior to deploying to the U.S. European Command area of operations. Fast combat support ship USNS Supply conducted a complete ordnance offload inport Naval Weapons Station Earle. Newly delivered to MSC, missile range instrumentation ship USNS Howard O. Lorenzen conducted operational testing in the Jacksonville area of operations.
- April: Dry cargo/ammunition ship USNS William McLean hosted MSCLANT’s change of command ceremony where Navy Capt. Sam Norton was relieved by Navy Capt. Dean Vesely. Tug Lady Loren and MV Ocean Titan provided support for the transportation of an Iraqi patrol craft. HSV Swift conducted successful aerostat testing in the U.S. 4th Fleet area of responsibility.
- May: Fleet replenishment oiler USNS John Lenthall supported USS Harry S. Truman carrier strike group work-ups and group sail. The MSC change of command was held aboard USNS Spearhead in Norfolk. Rear Adm. Thomas K. Shannon relieved Rear Adm. Mark H. Buzby. USNS Grasp successfully conducted a helicopter sonar recovery in the CTF-80 area of operations. HSV Swift supported countering-organized-crime missions in the U.S. 4th Fleet operations area.
- June: USNS Choctaw County, the second JHSV, was delivered to MSC. USNS Robert E. Peary supported USS Harry S. Truman sustainment exercise in CTF-80. MV Ocean Giant commenced on-loading cargo for Operation Pacer Goose supporting Thule Air Base, Greenland. USNS Apache conducted sonar location and recovery operations for Helicopter Mine-laying Squadron 14.
- July: HSV Swift was returned to its owners in Hobart, Tazmania. MV Bennett supported U.S. 4th Fleet’s Beyond the Horizon exercise re-deployment from Central American nations. MV CPO Germany and MV Ocean Giant, accompanied by Canadian Coast Guard Icebreaker Henry Larson, discharged cargo in support of Operation Pacer Goose, the annual resupply of Thule Air Base. USNS Big Horn supported Cortramid summer training for Naval Academy Midshipmen. USNS Comfort hosted 410 students and chaperones from 24 countries as they toured the Medical Treatment Facility spaces to help students better understand what strategic medical outreach and operations can accomplish on a global scale.
- August: USNS Grasp successfully located and recovered an F-16 in a recovery/salvage mission. Navy Lt. Jeff Dennison assisted in the rescue of one Sailor after an explosion in the boathouse at NWS Earle. Following the rescue and without regard for his own safety, he returned to the boathouse to search for others and to combat a fire that resulted from the explosion.
Military Sealift Command Pacific – San Diego
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.
FY 2013 Operations
- November 2012: Fleet replenishment oiler USNS Guadalupe and dry cargo/ammunition ship USNS Charles Drew supported the USS Abraham Lincoln carrier strike group. Guadalupe joined the strike group following a Navy Surface Forces Pacific-coordinated Opportune Lift load out of personally owned vehicles and Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit One’s hyperbaric chamber from San Diego to Pearl Harbor. Guadalupe also replenished aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson during the deployment.
- December: The MSCPAC logistics team coordinated and executed the onload of 1,389 pallets of food and supplies during four events in support of the USS Nimitz aircraft carrier strike group during their composite unit and joint task force exercises. A new task group designation for Middle Pacific logistics services was established through MSCPAC and Commander U.S. 3rd Fleet. The new designation of Commander Task Group 33.3 aligned all CLF and service support ship scheduling under Commander Task Force 33 throughout the U.S. 3rd Fleet AOR. CTF 33 in San Diego assigned CTG 33.3 to MSC Representative Pearl Harbor, for execution of the CLF scheduling mission. MSC dry cargo/ammunition ship USNS Cesar Chavez arrived at Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach Dec. 21. Chavez was the first of the T-AKE class of ships to moor at the ammunition pier just south of Los Angeles Harbor, demonstrating the capability of future ammunition operations.
- January 2013: USNS Benavidez, an LMSR, delivered 67 U.S. Army helicopters to Wheeler Army Air Field, Hawaii, Jan. 15-17. The ship moved them from Fort Gordon, Ga. Following the helicopter delivery, Benavidez transited to the Vigor Shipyard, Portland, Ore., where it delivered two LMSR side-port ramps Jan. 26. The ramps were for installation on two mobile landing platform ships currently under construction.
- February: MSCPAC coordinated sealift logistics for Operation Deep Freeze, the annual resupply of McMurdo research station in Antarctica, a commitment supported by MSC since 1955. In February, cargo operations were conducted. MSC-chartered tanker MT Maersk Peary delivered more than 6.3 million gallons of diesel, gasoline and jet fuel to McMurdo. MSC-chartered, ice-hardened container ship MV Ocean Giant loaded bulk and containerized cargo at Port Hueneme, Calif., and sailed to McMurdo Sound, discharging nearly 7 million pounds of equipment, food and instruments. Ocean Giant returned to the United States with cargo ranging from 100,000-year-old ice core samples for research, to trash and recyclable materials for disposal. The two MSC-chartered ships delivered 100 percent of the fuel and about 80 percent of the supplies that researchers and personnel who live and work there need to survive and work over the course of a year. Maersk Perry also provided fuel for the U.S. Science Foundation’s chartered scientific research ship R/V Nathan B. Palmer and chartered ice-breaker I/B Vladimir Ignatyuk. LMSR USNS Bob Hope, normally in ROS in San Diego, was activated to participate in Exercise Citadel Shield Feb. 25. The exercise involved a role player attempting to board the ship with an improvised explosive device. This was the first time an MSC ship participated in a major Commander, Naval Installations Command force protection exercise.
- March: MSC fleet replenishment oiler USNS Yukon joined the U.S. Navy’s littoral combat ship, USS Freedom, providing logistics support through underway replenishments during Freedom’s transit to the U.S. 7th Fleet AOR. Both ships arrived in Singapore on March 20. This was the first time a ship of the LCS program forward deployed from the United States. USNS Bob Hope was activated again March 3 to provide a platform for Commander, Naval Beach Group One to train with the Roll-on/Roll-off Discharge Facility in various sea states. They also exercised lift-on/lift-off capabilities. Working day and night, the team delivered and recovered 25 vehicles. The MSCPAC Combat Logistics Force team coordinated the onload of 168 pallets of equipment to Yukon at the Manchester Fuel Farm, Wash. The onload included 30 barrels of lube oil for USS Freedom.
- April: MSC fast combat support ship USNS Bridge completed support of the USS John C. Stennis carrier strike group, conducted an ammunition download in the Pacific Northwest and returned to San Diego to support Southern California logistics services. Navy Capt. Michael Taylor assumed command of MSCPAC from Navy Capt. Sylvester Moore April 19.
- May: MSC dry cargo/ammunition ship USNS Carl Brashear completed logistics support to Exercise Trident Fury 13 in the Pacific Northwest. Organized by Canadian Fleet Pacific staff, Trident Fury was aimed at advancing Canada’s ability to respond to offshore threats and unlawful acts in a coalition environment. Brashear supported four Canadian Navy ships, three Canadian Coast Guard ships and three U.S. Navy combatants during the exercise period by delivering fuel and dry stores via underway replenishment. MSCPAC coordinated three CLF ship loadouts in San Diego for ships deploying to the U.S. 3rd Fleet AOR. Nearly 200 pallets were loaded on fleet replenishment oiler USNS Henry J. Kaiser for later delivery to aircraft carrier USS Nimitz. In Pearl Harbor, dry cargo/ammunition ship USNS Richard E. Byrd received 771 pallets, also delivered to Nimitz, and fleet replenishment oiler USNS Guadalupe loaded 29 pallets of materials for delivery to the U.S. Navy’s guided-missile destroyer USS Momsen.
- June: Dry cargo/ammunition ship USNS Cesar Chavez completed an ammunition onload and departed Naval Magazine Indian Island, Wash., June 4 for the first leg of the ship’s maiden voyage to the U.S. 7th Fleet AOR. Enroute, Chavez conducted ships qualification trials with USNS Carl Brashear and made a brief stop in Hawaii for maintenance. After operating in the Southern California area for an extended period of time, navigation test support ship USNS Waters departed San Diego June 5 for the East Coast and operations in the U.S. 4th Fleet AOR.
- July: MSCPAC logisticians coordinated the opportune lift of critically needed lube oil to Sasebo, Japan, onboard landing ship dock USS Ashland. The operation was a joint effort between MSCPAC; the Fleet Logistics Center Yokosuka, Japan; Commander, Naval Surface Force; U.S. Pacific Fleet; and the Hazardous Materials Center San Diego. Fleet replenishment oiler USNS Guadalupe provided exercise support to guided missile destroyer USS Hopper July 16-18 during the ship’s independent deployer certification exercise off the coast of Hawaii.
- August: MSC voyage chartered cargo vessel MV Maersk Texas loaded one range support boat in San Diego, Aug. 20, then sailed to Everett, Wash., to load a second support craft. Both craft were delivered to recipients in the MSC Far East AOR. Fleet replenishment oiler John Ericsson conducted two stores transfers in support of the USS Boxer Amphibious Readiness Group. A total of 288 pallets were delivered to multiple ships. Ericsson was operating as the Southern California duty oiler, replacing USNS Henry J. Kaiser, which was in San Diego for maintenance. Upon Kaiser’s return to service, Ericsson traveled to Pearl Harbor and assumed duties as the Middle Pacific duty oiler.
Military Sealift Command Europe and Africa – Naples, Italy
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
- April 2012 to February 2013: MSC-chartered high-speed vessel Swift served as the afloat platform for Africa Partnership Station for nearly 10 months. APS is an international security cooperation initiative aimed at strengthening global maritime partnerships through training and collaborative activities in order to improve maritime safety and security in Africa. During that time, Swift, its crew of contract mariners and an embarked U.S. Navy detachment conducted 38 port visits to Africa and 15 port visits to Europe, making theater security cooperation visits and supporting Africa Partnership Station 2012 and 2013.
- September 2012: Fleet replenishment oiler USNS Leroy Grumman participated in Exercise Joint Warrior.
- October: Rescue and salvage ship USNS Grapple conducted a mission for POW/MIA Accounting Command during which Grapple’s crew searched for a downed World War II B-17 bomber off the coast of France. MSC-chartered heavy-lift ship MV Ocean Crescent conducted a lift to Ashdod, Israel, in support of the Israeli Defense Force’s Tank and Automotive Command. The ship discharged eight pieces of cargo, including three armored vehicles and five 20-foot containers. MSC-chartered heavy-lift ship MV Eagle transited the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility to deliver two patrol boats to Bahrain. MSC-chartered container ship MV BBC Seattle conducted cargo operations in the Netherlands, discharging 233 containers and loading 262 containers in Eemshaven. On Oct. 29, MSC-chartered container ship MV Geise conducted cargo operations in the Netherlands, loading 24 containers in Newport, United Kingdom, and sailing to Eemshaven to off-load the containers and load 26 containers for transport back to Newport. Command ship USS Mount Whitney participated in Exercise Austere Challenge, a bilateral air-defense exercise between the U.S. and Israel.
- November: Fleet replenishment oiler USNS John Lenthall participated in Exercise Cougar 2012, a United Kingdom exercise designed to test the abilities of the U.K.’s Response Force Task Group. Lenthall provided replenishment support to U.K. flagship HMS Bulwark and U.K. frigate HMS North Umberland. MSC-chartered tanker MV Ocean Force transited to Limassol, Cyprus, to offload one foreign military sales offshore patrol craft for tow to Beirut, Lebanon. MSC-chartered roll-on/roll-off cargo ship MV Vasaland loaded 359 pieces of cargo for Exercise Austere Challenge and delivered them to Bremerhaven, Germany.
- December: MSC-chartered tanker MT Maersk Peary loaded fuel for Operation Deep Freeze, an annual replenishment operation to the National Science Foundation’s McMurdo Station in Antarctica.
- February 2013: Rescue/salvage ship USNS Grapple conducted salvage operations in the Adriatic Sea to recover the wreckage of an Air Force F-16 that crashed off the coast of Italy during a training exercise in January 2012. Fleet replenishment oiler USNS Kanawha began service as the U.S. 6th Fleet duty oiler, keeping U.S. and NATO forces forward-deployed and ready in the Mediterranean Sea.
- March 2013: Maritime Prepositioning Ship USNS Dahl transported vehicles, equipment and personnel in support of exercise African Lion, an annual, bilateral U.S.- and Moroccan-sponsored exercise designed to improve interoperability and mutual understanding of each nation’s tactics, techniques and procedures.
- April, 2013: Oceanographic survey ship USNS Pathfinder began conducting survey operations in the Baltic and Norwegian seas.
- May: Heavy-lift ship MV Ocean Titan transited the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility to deliver a patrol boat to Bahrain. Missile range instrumentation ship USNS Invincible began conducting operations in the Mediterranean Sea. MSC-chartered heavy-transport ship MV Eide Transporter transited the U.S. 6th Fleet AOR to deliver three Navy patrol craft from Norfolk to Bahrain.
- June: MSC-chartered cargo ship MV BBC Seattle conducted cargo operations in the Netherlands, discharging 144 containers and loading 85 containers in Eemshaven, Netherlands, for return to the United States. Fleet replenishment oiler USNS Leroy Grumman began duty as the U.S. 6th Fleet duty oiler, replacing USNS Kanawha. Oceanographic survey ship USNS Bruce C. Heezen conducted survey operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet AOR in the port of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, and off the coast of Mozambique. MSC-chartered cargo ship MV Skaftafell loaded 46 containers in Varberg, Sweden, discharged them in Eemshaven, Netherlands, and loaded 76 containers to take back to Varberg. Command ship USS Mount Whitney participated in exercise Baltic Operations, or BALTOPS, an annual multinational U.S. European Command exercise with participants from Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, The Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, the United States and NATO. MSC-chartered tanker MT CPO Germany loaded fuel for Operation Pacer Goose, the annual resupply mission to Thule Air Base, Greenland.
Military Sealift Command Central – Manama, Bahrain
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.
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
- October 2012: CTF-53 CLF ships completed 104 replenishment-at-sea events throughout the month. Of these, 10 were completed in one day, with fast combat support ship USNS Supply accounting for six of the 10 events. On Oct. 12, the USS Enterprise strike group departed the U.S. 5th Fleet AOR with dry cargo/ammunition ship USNS Robert E. Perry and fleet replenishment oiler USNS Big Horn via the Suez Canal.
- November: Norwegian-flagged heavy lift float-on/float-off vessel MV Eagle delivered two off-shore support vessels to Bahrain from Texas. These vessels were later transferred to Bahrain Ship Repairing and Engineering Company for reactivation prior to their delivery to our partners in the Iraqi Navy.
- February 2013: Chartered float-on/float-off ship MV Super Servant 3 loaded two U.S. Navy minesweepers, USS Warrior and USS Pioneer, in Bahrain. Following a week of securing for sea, the Super Servant 3 set sail March 2 to redeploy Warrior and Pioneer to Sasebo, Japan, and San Diego.
- March: Oceanographic Survey ship USNS Bruce C. Heezen started a drydock period at the Nakilat-Keppel Offshore and Marine repair facility at the Ras Laffan Industrial City in Qatar. This was the first time a U.S.- flagged ship conducted maintenance at the NKOM facility. Heezen returned to service April 24.
- May: The MSCCENT/CTF-53 team marked the successful completion of International Mine Countermeasures Exercise 2013. The exercise, which included more than 40 nations, was designed to train participants in a wide spectrum of defensive operations to protect international commerce and trade. MSC fleet ocean tug USNS Catawba, ammunition ship USNS Flint, dry cargo/ammunition ship USNS Alan Shepard and interim afloat forward staging base USS Ponce participated in the exercise. CTF-53 scheduled more than 40 individual flights aboard C-40, C-130 and MH-60 aircraft to move more than 180 passengers and hundreds of pieces of equipment and supplies around the U.S. 5th Fleet AOR. Long-term chartered ship BBC Seattle completed the quarterly, three-week mission to the AOR. While in Aqaba, Jordan, MSCCENT representatives worked directly with Jordanian Armed Forces personnel and hosting a NAVCENT dive team that conducted a joint coalition dive with the Jordanian Navy to inspect piers and tugboats.
- June: Chartered heavy-lift ship MV Ocean Titan delivered an Iraqi patrol boat to Bahrain, where it underwent final inspections and checks before delivery to the Iraqi Navy. Ammunition ship USNS Flint, assisted by a Cargo Afloat Rig Team of Navy Reservists, completed transfer of all cargo to dry cargo/ammunition ship USNS Alan Shepard, marking the end of Flint’s mission as the U.S. 5th Fleet ammunition ship. Flint wrapped up its 43-year career after returning to the United States in early August.
- July: Chartered heavy lift ship MV Eide Transporter delivered three Navy patrol craft — USS Tempest, USS Squall and USS Thunderbolt — to Khalifia Bin Salman Port in Bahrain. These three patrol craft were the sixth through the eighth of the 10 expected to be delivered to Bahrain. The last two are expected to be delivered in FY 2014.
- August: Fast combat support ship USNS Arctic and the rest of the Harry S. Truman carrier strike group returned to the U.S. 5th Fleet AOR to support Operation Enduring Freedom and relieve the Nimitz carrier strike group. However, due to unrest in Syria, the Nimitz strike group, including fast combat support ship USNS Rainier, were redirected to the Red Sea. This was the first time in many years that MSCCENT/CTF-53 had been tasked to support two separate carrier strike groups on opposite sides of the AOR.
- September: For the first time, MSCCENT placed two ships in the Oman Drydock Company repair facility located in Duqm, Oman. Following successful completion of the maintenance, the Navy began looking at the possibility of bringing USS surface combatants into Duqm for repairs. The opening of ODC to USNS ships culminated a long-term and on-going effort championed by MSCCENT Commodore, Capt. Glen Leverette.
Military Sealift Command Far East – Singapore
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
- September 2012: Civil service mariners aboard dry cargo/ammunition ships USNS Lewis and Clark trained with U.S. Marines in deploying and redeploying cargo, testing the ship’s logistical capabilities during bilateral training exercise Coconut Grove held in the Republic of Maldives.
- November: U.S. Navy MH-60S helicopter pilots from Guam-based Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25 conducted 44 deck landing qualifications aboard Maritime Prepositioning Ship USNS Dahl while the ship was underway off the coast of Guam. Seven pilots from HSC-25 participated in four hours of flight deck proficiency. A highly-specialized investigative team deployed aboard rescue and salvage ship USNS Salvor participated in a first-of-its-kind underwater search mission for missing American World War II-era aircraft off the coast of Papua, New Guinea.
- February 2013: Chartered cargo ship MV Capt. Steven L. Bennett delivered more than 520 pieces of 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force cargo to support exercise Cobra Gold 2013 in Thailand.
- March: Navy Reserve Sailors assigned to MSC participated in Republic of Korea defense exercise Key Resolve, one of two combined and joint command post exercises held each year and designed to maintain the combat capabilities of up to 3,000 U.S. and 10,000 ROK military personnel in the defense of the Korean peninsula. Maritime Prepositioning Ship USNS 1st LT Jack Lummus, dry cargo/ammunition ship USNS Sacagawea and chartered ship MV CAPT Steven L. Bennett delivered cargo and supplies to support exercises Freedom Banner and Balikitan in Subic Bay, Philippines, which featured MV-22 cargo operations from Sacagawea’s flight deck.
- May: Maritime Prepositioning Ships USNS 1ST LT John P. Bobo and USNS Pililaau supported the Combined Joint Logistics Over-the-Shore exercise, which included 2,200 Navy, Marine Corps, Army and Coast Guard personnel and partners from the ROK military, training together to deliver and redeploy military cargo from ships anchored two miles off South Korea’s Dogu beach.
- June: MSCFE co-chaired the 48th annual Korean Flag Shipping Working Group conference at MSC headquarters in Washington, D.C. where U.S. and Republic of Korea officials discussed reaffirmation of an agreement to use up to 59 South Korean dry cargo ships and fuel tankers in the event of an emergency on the Korean peninsula. Maritime Prepositioning Ship USNS Seay rendered assistance to a commercial vessel in distress while underway in the Indian Ocean.
- July: Dry cargo/ammunition ships USNS Charles Drew and USNS Wally Schirra and fleet replenishment oiler USNS Yukon provided vital logistics support to the USS George Washington carrier strike group, the USS Bonhomme Richard amphibious ready group and ships from Australia’s navy during exercise Talisman Sabre 2013 conducted off the coast of northeastern Australia.
- August: Navy Reservists deployed to MSCFE to support Exercise Ulchi Freedom Guardian, the second annual Korean-peninsula defense exercise of the year. Simulating the massive sealift influx of ships to and from the Korean theater of operations, personnel trained in real-world situations, including adverse weather, unscheduled maintenance, fueling of vessels, bunkering and working with host nation port authorities.
- September: Dry cargo/ammunition ship USNS Matthew Perry and fleet replenishment oiler USNS Rappahannock joined littoral combat ship USS Freedom during exercise Southeast Asia Cooperation and Training, a maritime security training exercise that includes naval forces from six Southeast Asian countries.