|A Marine conducts a visit, board, search and seizure exercise May 22 aboard USNS SGT William R. Button (T-AK 3012) during Exercise Eager Lion 2012.|
U.S. Air Force photo by MC3 Travis Kuykendall
Military Sealift Command Central and Commander Task Force 53 had a busy May. Combat Logistics Force ships in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations conducted 89 underway replenishments in May, including 47 replenishments with coalition, European Union and NATO ships. This logistic support provided by the ships of Commander Task Force 53 enabled 5th Fleet combatants to stay at sea for extended periods.
USNS Patuxent (T-AO 201) completed a successful five-month deployment to U.S. 5th Fleet, outchopping May 10. In May alone, Patuxent executed underway replenishments with coalition navy ships from five different nations in support of counter-piracy operations off the Horn of Africa.
MSC Central and Commander Task Force 53 bid fair winds and following seas to Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Kelli Weems, who retired after 20 years of service. MSCCENT/CTF-53 also bid farewell Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Daniel Rustan.
The command welcomes Navy Lt. Cmdr. Mathew Geiser, Lt. j.g. Michael Perry, Senior Chief Petty Officer Israel Villones and petty officers 2nd class Namon Richardson and Michael Jones.