Military Sealift Command Atlantic – Norfolk, Virginia
ilitary Sealift Command Atlantic (MSCLANT) executes tactical and administrative control for all Military Sealift Command 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. Additionally, MSCLANT deploys combat logistics force ships to support U.S. 4th, 5th and 6th Fleets and provides direct support for all carrier strike groups deploying from CTF 80.
MSCLANT maintained daily oversight of approximately 35 ships that loaded and discharged thousands of pieces of government cargo, millions of barrels of petroleum products and tons of ordnance. MSCLANT supported 10 deployments, 14 major fleet exercises, six fleet ordnance moves, two tows and one Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command mission.
USNS Spearhead deployed twice, participating in law enforcement activities, special operations training events, and a series of partner nation engagements in Africa and South America.
Anti-Terrorism Force Protection (ATFP) teams, provided support for 20 high-threat chokepoint transits of the Panama Canal and conducted 23 spot checks onboard MSC ships from New England to the Gulf of Mexico. ATFP coordinated port security and the layberth requirements for large medium-speed roll-on/roll-off ship USNS Mendonca for the first time at Naval Station Norfolk. ATFP support for berthing the ship at the Naval Station enabled MSC to utilize a more efficient government-controlled layberth facility that led to significant utility and facility cost savings compared to private layberth costs.
- October 2014: USNS William McLean served as the primary combat logistics force ship supporting the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group/Marine Expeditionary Unit exercise, which prepares Sailors and Marines to support maritime security operations and theater security cooperation activities in U.S. 5th and 6th Fleets’ areas of operation. McLean also served as the high-value unit during anti-submarine warfare exercises, supporting USS Theodore Roosevelt battle group during its group sail. McLean served as a key platform for Marines to conduct opposed visit, board, search and seizure training.
- November: Supporting Operation United Assistance, two ships from the Maritime Administration’s Ready Reserve Force, MV Cape Rise and MV Cape Wrath, were activated and loaded with critical medical supplies, equipment and machinery needed to build and support Ebola treatment units in Liberia.
During Exercise Bold Alligator off the coast of Virginia, USNS John Lenthall and USNS William McLean provided replenishment at sea support, while USNS Medgar Evers participated as an afloat intermediate aviation maintenance platform, embarking 56 Marine Corps aviation maintenance personnel. USNS Choctaw County served as a fuel transfer point from the seabase to forces ashore while USNS Apache served as an opposing force platform, shadowing friendly forces and conducting interdiction of supply lanes.
- December: USNS Comfort, one of two hospital ships, participated in Comfort Exercise in Norfolk, Virginia. For five days, more than 200 doctors and nurses from Naval Medical Center Portsmouth’s Healthcare Simulation Center and medical personnel from other East Coast medical treatment facilities practiced caring for simulated patients. The exercise prepared the medical staff for providing support to service members on the battlefield, responding to domestic or international medical disasters and in preparation for a deployment in April.
- January 2015: Two replenishment oilers, USNS John Lenthall and USNS Laramie, deployed to U.S. 5th and 6th Fleets areas of operation, where these two ships provided underway replenishment of fuel, fleet cargo, stores and other critical supplies that enabled the fleets to remain at sea, on station, and combat ready.
Rescue and salvage ship USNS Grasp served as a key platform for a dive training exercise in Key West, Florida, that included mixed-gas diving, rebreather diving, chamber operations and emergency procedure drills.
- February: USNS Kanawha returned to Naval Station Norfolk after a three-month deployment supplying fuel, cargo and supplies to Navy ships in the Mediterranean Sea and off the coast of Africa. Kanawha serviced more than two dozen ships, including USS Cole, USS Mahan and USS New York.
- March: Fast Combat Support ship USNS Arctic deployed with USS Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group to the Arabian Gulf, providing underway replenishment support for the battle group.
- April: USNS Medgar Evers delivered 138,000 gallons of fuel to USS Porter during Exercise Joint Warrior, a semi-annual training exercise conducted in the coastal waters off the United Kingdom, designed to employ NATO and Allied forces in a multi-warfare environment that prepares forces for future missions.
USNS Comfort deployed as part of Continuing Promise, a five-month humanitarian mission to 11 Latin American and Caribbean countries: Belize, Colombia, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Nicaragua and Panama. The ship’s medical detachment and staff provided medical, dental and veterinary services, assisted with civic and engineering projects, and conducted subject-matter exchanges, all serving to support and strengthen military and diplomatic relationships.
- May: Civil service mariners aboard USNS William McLean and crews from the Coast Guard’s Fifth District rescued two people aboard a small sailboat in distress in open waters 50 miles south east of Ocean City, Maryland. McLean launched a fast rescue boat with a dewatering pump, sheltered the sailboat from choppy seas and facilitated the dewatering and repair of the sailboat.
- June: USNS Apache towed an unmanned, defueled nuclear powered submarine from Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Maine, through the Panama Canal to Naval Station San Diego.
- July: MSCLANT executed Operation Pacer Goose, a resupply mission to provide fuel, equipment and machinery to Thule Air Base, Greenland, which lies 700 miles north of the Arctic Circle. For this mission, MSC chartered MV Ocean Giant, a multi-use container and break-bulk ship, to deliver 4.3 million pounds of dry cargo to the base while MSC-charted vessel MT Baltic Monarch delivered jet fuel. Both ships were escorted in and out of Thule, North Star Harbor by the Canadian Coast Guard Icebreaker George R. Pearkes.
- August: MSCLANT’s Jacksonville, Florida, office played a key role in the Maritime Prepositioning Fleet Exercise (MPFEX), involving USNS 1st LT Jack Lummus. A total of 348 Marines from Second Marine Expeditionary Force drove 306 pieces of equipment off the Lummus onto a roll-on/roll-off discharge facility and Improved Navy Lighterage operated by 193 Sailors from an Assault Craft Unit, Assault Beach Unit and Navy Cargo Handling Battalion. The remaining 704 pieces of combat equipment were discharged while pierside at Blount Island, Jacksonville, Florida. USNS Lumus was critical to the success of MPFEX, ensuring the Navy and the Marine Corps team developed the proficiency to perform this task during a contingency operation. Navy Reservists from Expeditionary Port Units 109 and 110 participated in the exercise.
- September: Two Expeditionary Fast Transport vessels, formerly known as joint high-speed vessels, participated in two port visits. USNS Trenton visited New London, Connecticut, where it participated in the annual Maritime Heritage Festival. While there, the ship hosted more than 1,500 visitors, continuing the process of introducing these new vessels to the American public and providing a backdrop to showcase how civilian mariners continue to build on the long tradition of service to the nation. USNS Fall River visited its namesake city, Fall River, Massachusetts. The ship and crew hosted more than 700 visitors, including state and city leaders.
Military Sealift Command Pacific – San Diego
ilitary Sealift Command Pacific (MSCPAC) exercises operational control over Military Sealift Command ships in the U.S. 3rd Fleet area of operations in the Eastern Pacific from the U.S. West Coast to the International Dateline. During FY 2015, MSCPAC ships delivered fuel, food, supplies and ammunition to U.S. Navy combatants, performed a variety of special missions, and transported vital military cargo to U.S. and allied nations.
December 2014: Annual Operation Deep Freeze (ODF) resupply mission to McMurdo Station, Antarctica, began as charter MT Maersk Peary departed Male, Maldives, and charter MV Ocean Giant departed Naval Base Ventura County’s Port Hueneme Pier. During ODF, the chartered ships delivered 100 percent of the fuel and 80 percent of the supplies that researchers and support personnel in Antarctica need to survive and work over the course of a year
January 2015: ODF supply mission offloads began with the arrival of the chartered tanker ship MV Ocean Giant at McMurdo Station ice pier. Members of Navy Cargo Handling Battalion One, already on station, worked around-the-clock offloading the nearly 7 million pounds of supplies such as frozen and dry food stores, building materials, vehicles, and electronic equipment and parts. In addition, retrograde cargo such as trash and recyclable materials for disposal and equipment no longer required on the station, was loaded onto the ship for transportation off the continent. This year marked the 60th anniversary of the establishment of McMurdo Station and its resupply mission which began in 1955. An MSC-chartered cargo ship and tanker have made the challenging voyage to Antarctica every year since the station was established.
February: Voyage charter MV Coastal Venture arrived at the Port of San Diego’s 10th Avenue Terminal to load two patrol boats. Following the load, the boats were delivered to Jacksonville, Florida.
March: USNS Mendonca, located in Bremerton, Washington, was activated to support the Army’s 3rd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division cargo movement of 1,646 pieces of rolling stock from Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, to Beaumont, Texas.
April: USNS Millinocket arrived in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, with 20 pallets of supplies for Project Handclasp, a program that distributes donated materials to our friends in need in foreign countries on behalf of American citizens. In addition to the Project Handclasp supplies, Millinocket delivered 40 pallets of mission-oriented supplies such as Meals Ready-to-Eat and water, for use by U.S. Marines participating in the annual Culebra Koa exercise.
USNS Montford Point conducted Landing Craft, Air Cushion (LCAC) interface training off the coast of Camp Pendleton, California. The training prepared the ship’s crew for participation in exercise Culebra Koa.
MT Empire State arrived in Port Hueneme, California, for underway replenishment training with employees from Crowley Maritime Corp. and Maersk Line Ltd. operating companies.
May: USNS Montford Point, USNS Millinocket and USNS Dahl participated in exercise Culebra Koa off the coast of Hawaii. Culebra Koa is a U.S. Pacific Fleet training exercise designed to demonstrate and increase proficiency in expeditionary operations. Military Sealift Command ships participated in the seabasing component of the exercise. The 785-foot Montford Point served as a floating port at sea, marrying up with supply ships to offload equipment. Dahl maneuvered alongside Montford Point, while a ramp connected the two ships, allowing materials to be moved across Montford Point’s deck to LCACs, for delivery ashore. In addition to Dahl, Millinocket conducted skin-to-skin transfers with Montford Point. Montford Point’s ability to ballast to just above the waterline, allows the 87-foot LCACS and 26-foot Marine Corps amphibious assault vehicles to dock and launch from the ship’s deck.
MSCPAC welcomed new commander, Capt. David Dry, during a change of command ceremony on board the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum in San Diego. Dry relieved Capt. Michael Taylor, who served as commander of MSCPAC since 2013.
USNS Mercy and USNS Millinocket departed San Diego for the four-month Pacific Partnership mission. Pacific Partnership is the largest annual multilateral humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
USNS Cesar Chavez entered San Diego Bay as a high-value unit and was escorted by the Navy Coastal Riverine Group One security boats.
June: USNS Lewis B. Puller, the first Expeditionary Mobile Base, was delivered to MSC in San Diego. Puller is built to support a variety of maritime-based missions and features a flight deck, mission personnel berthing, added fuel and equipment storage, and repair spaces.
Canadian CMDRE Bob Auchterlonie, Commander, Canadian Fleet Pacific, presented the Canadian Chief of Defense Unit Commendation to the crew of USNS Sioux for their recovery and tow of HMCS Protecteur. Sioux was the primary towing asset that assisted the Protecteur following a main engineering space fire that caused the ship to lose power during the ship’s transit from Pearl Harbor to Equimalt, British Columbia.
USNS Cesar Chavez participated in Exercise Northern Edge in the Gulf of Alaska, providing combat logistics support.
July: USNS Apache arrived in San Diego, towing the decommissioned U.S. Navy submarine, ex-Miami. Apache departed Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Maine, in June with ex-Miami, arriving in San Diego. USNS Sioux completed the tow, moving ex-Miami from San Diego to Puget Sound Naval Ship Yard, Washington.
Large, medium-speed roll-on/roll-off ship USNS Fisher discharged 1,655 pieces of 25th Infantry Division cargo in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The cargo offload was facilitated by Navy Cargo Handing Battalion One. Following the offload, Fisher traveled to Bremerton, Washington, for reduced operating status berthing.
August: Fleet replenishment oilers USNS Henry J. Kaiser and USNS Yukon provided logistics support to USS John C. Stennis and nine-ship battle group during a three-week composite unit training exercise off the coast of Southern California.
USNS Henry J. Kaiser supported Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet and Naval Special Warfare Command in their certification of the new Combatant Craft Medium. Kaiser served as a platform for visit, board, search and seizure training, and hook and climb training off the coast of Point Loma, California.
September: The Maritime Administration heavy lift ship SS Cape Mohican participated as an MSC-contracted ship for Exercise Brilliant Zenith. Conducted by Naval Beach Group One, the exercise was a Maritime Prepositioning Force event pierside at Naval Station San Diego, and at anchorage off the coast of San Diego. Over the course of the exercise, Beach Group personnel loaded the ship with 19 causeway sections, two causeway ferries, three warping tugs, two LCUs and two LCACs.
USNS Richard E. Byrd conducted loadout operations in San Diego. Over the course of four days, the ship loaded 459 pallets of fresh, dry and frozen food, supplies, and nearly 1,100 pounds of mail for delivery to the aircraft carrier USS George Washington. The Byrd loadout, coordinated by MSCPAC’s logistics department, was part of a series of logistics support operations that resupplied George Washington as the carrier transited from its former homeport of Yokosuka, Japan, to Norfolk, Virginia.
USNS Mercy returned to San Diego completing the Pacific Partnership deployment to Southeast Asia and Oceana. During the deployment, Sailors provided health care, conducted surgical procedures, and hosted engagement and community relations events with host nations.
USNS Navajo completed the tow of ex-Gary beginning in San Diego and ending in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Ex-Gary was the last of the San Diego-based frigates of the Oliver Hazard Perry class.
Military Sealift Command Europe and Africa – Naples, Italy
ilitary Sealift Command Europe and Africa (MSCEURAF) directs 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.
MSCEURAF supports ships deployed to or transiting through the region to conduct combat logistics; theater security cooperation; oceanographic survey; rescue and salvage; maritime prepositioning and sealift operations. During FY 2015, MSCEURAF managed the operations of 55 ships in the EUCOM and AFRICOM areas of responsibility. Combat logistics force ships conducted underway replenishments, delivered millions of gallons of fuel and thousands of pallets of vital food, supplies, mail and other cargo to U.S. and foreign navies throughout the region.
Military Sealift Command assets participated in six major exercises and made more than 294 port calls to 48 different locations. MSCEURAF staff coordinated 49 ship transits through the Strait of Gibraltar. Sealift ships delivered 809 containers of cargo and transferred 7.65 million barrels of fuel to various fuel-bunkering locations throughout Europe.
October 2014 to January 2015: Four fleet replenishment oilers, USNS Leroy Grumman, USNS Kanawha, USNS John Lenthall, and USNS Big Horn, successively deployed to the 6th Fleet area of operations to serve as the U.S. 6th Fleet duty oilers responsible for providing fuel and replenishment cargo to U.S. and NATO ships operating in theater.
The three largest offloads during the fiscal year were MSC-chartered cargo ship MV Cape Wrath’s offload of 466 pieces of Operation Unified Assistance Cargo in Buchanan, Liberia; USNS 1st LT Jack Lummus’ offload and subsequent reload of 275 pieces of U.S. Marine Corps cargo in Agadir, Morocco, for Exercise African Lion; and the offload of 306 containers of cargo from MSC-chartered cargo ship MV Seattle in Nordenham, Germany.
MSC oceanographic survey ship USNS Bruce C. Heezen conducted routine survey operations in U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations.
January to May 2015: Expeditionary Fast Transport USNS Spearhead entered the 6th Fleet area of operations in January for a four-month deployment to West Africa for Africa Partnership Station, an ongoing effort to leverage training and operational engagements among regional partners. After a short stop for fuel and the on-load of personnel and cargo in Rota, Spain, Spearhead made port stops in Mindelo, Cabo Verde; Praia, Cabo Verde; Dakar, Senegal; Sekondi, Ghana; Accra, Ghana; Luanda, Angola; Port Gentil, Gabon, and Douala, Cameroon. The ship participated in multinational exercises Saharan Express and Obangame Express, playing lead roles in the exercises as a platform for boarding scenarios, with U.S. partners in the Gulf of Guinea. Spearhead’s civil service mariner and military crew also conducted two months of Africa Maritime Law Enforcement operations in Cabo Verde, Ghana and Senegal with members of the Cabo Verdean, Ghanaian and Senegalese navies, marine police and fisheries departments.
During the deployment, the ship hosted tours for visitors and media, two large distinguished-visitor receptions, and several press events. Additionally, the Spearhead crew participated in community relations activities with the U.S. embassies in Cameroon, Senegal and Ghana.
January to September: U.S. 6th Fleet command and control ship USS Mount Whitney returned to its homeport in Gaeta, Italy, at the end of September after completing a nine-month dry-dock period in Rijeka, Croatia. During its 270 days at the Viktor Lenac shipyard, the Blue Ridge-class command and control ship underwent several modifications on its hull, received mechanical and electrical integrity improvements.
May to September: Rescue and salvage ship USNS Grasp deployed to the Mediterranean Sea and coast of West Africa with a crew of civil service mariners and Navy divers from Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit Two embarked aboard the ship. In the Mediterranean Sea, Grasp made port stops in Rota, Spain; Tangier, Morocco; and Cartagena, Spain. The ship also played a role in multinational exercise Phoenix Express. In West Africa, Grasp participated in Africa Partnership Station, an ongoing effort to leverage training and operational engagements among regional partners. During this participation, the ship made port stops in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire; Sekondi, Ghana; Douala, Cameroon, and Dakar, Senegal in support of dive operations and theater security cooperation events. In August and September, Grasp participated in a two-month long POW/MIA recovery mission to search the site of a sunken World War II aircraft off the coast of Grado, Italy.
June: MSC-contracted cargo ship MT Baltic Monarch loaded 205 million barrels of JP8 fuel in Algeciras, Spain, for Operation Pacer Goose, the annual replenishment mission to Thule Air Base, Greenland.
July to September: Roll-on/roll-off ship USNS SGT William R. Button supported NATO Joint Exercise Trident Juncture in the Mediterranean Sea.
Military Sealift Command Central – Manama, Bahrain
ilitary Sealift Command Central (MSCCENT) represents Military Sealift Command in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility, which includes the Arabian Gulf, Arabian Sea, Gulf of Oman, Horn of Africa, Gulf of Aden, and Red Sea. MSCCENT provides reliable and efficient at-sea combat logistics, special mission support, and maritime services to meet U.S. Central Command requirements.
The MSCCENT commander is also dual-hatted as commander of Logistics Forces U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/ Commander Task Force 53. The commander exercises tactical command of U.S. 5th Fleet air and sea logistics assets.
During FY 2015, combat logistics force ships under MSCCENT’s tactical command conducted replenishment at sea events delivering pallets of food and supplies and millions of gallons of fuel to Navy and coalition ships. Tankers in the MSCCENT area of operations delivered more than 470 million gallons of fuel worth more than $1.5 billion to Department of Defense distribution depots across the region. Additionally, MSC delivered more than 5.7 million pieces of ammunition worth over $520 million. In aggregate, MSCCENT moved over $2.5 billion worth of fuel, stores, ammo, and other supplies to the fleet.
- October 2014 to September 2015: Security teams conducted more than 200 missions aboard MSC ships in support of Operation Inherent Resolve as part of coordinated force protection against waterborne and land-based terrorist attacks in the MSCCENT area of operations.
- October: USNS Catawba provided mine countermeasure support during the International Mine Countermeasure Exercise. The support included the transportation of the U.S. Marine Mammal Sea Lions to perform mine detection and clearance, and equipment recovery.
- November: USNS Robert E. Peary safely executed 82 underway replenishments and 31 inport replenishments while transferring over 10,794 pallets of cargo, provisions, and supplies, including an additional 5.3 million gallons of fuel in support of Operation Inherent Resolve and maritime security operations.
- December: MSCCENT’s ammunition team coordinated the delivery of over 57,000 pounds of ammunition to U.S. assets in theater. Additionally, the crew of the fleet replenishment oiler USNS Laramie provided unmatched support to both U.S. and coalition ships operating in theater. The ship safely and efficiently conducted 54 underway replenishments and 11 inport replenishments, while transferring over 2,055 pallets of cargo, provisions, and supplies. USNS Laramie also delivered 6.4 million gallons of fuel in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations, and numerous contingency operations.
- Febuary 2015: MSCCENT’s combat logistics team scheduled the replenishment of USS New York via small boat transfer in Kuwait, a first in the theater. The subsistence prime vendor met the crew at the landing to deliver stores for sustainment. This was a test of the ability to provide required material to a customer vessel at anchor and exercised another method to maintain proper sustainment in a challenging environment.
- March: FS Meuse (French oiler) and USNS Catawba completed a towing exercise as part of Exercise Shamal. This fleet asset continues to play a valuable role in exercises and training for the U.S. 5th Fleet.
- April: CTF 473 shifted tactical control of FS Meuse to support MSCCENT/CTF 53’s mission. During its 30 days under U.S. tactical control, it transferred 230,000 gallons of fuel to USS Ponce and USS Carl Vinson. MSCCENT coordinated a fuel transfer from USNS Rainier to Meuse consisting of more than 400,000 gallons of JP-5.
USNS Catawba supported Operation Neptune Rihala, which validated the sustainability of coalition mine countermeasure capabilities, improved interoperability, and maintained mine countermeasure unit proficiency.
- May: MSCCENT provided uninterrupted logistics support to the USS Iwo Jima Amphibious Readiness Group and multiple coalition ships in and around the Gulf of Aden engaged in Yemen contingency operations.
- June: USNS Catawba and the CTG 56.1 dive team completed the salvage of F/A-18F wreckage from the Arabian Gulf sea floor. The Catawba crew worked diligently during a month-long operation to safely recover and transport the salvaged aircraft.
- July: MSCCENT’s logistics experts developed a plan to ensure USS Essex was in receipt of provisions prior to repositioning off the southern Somali coast in support of the U.S. presidential visit to Kenya. At the same time, RFA Fort Victoria (United Kingdom logistics ship) completed her first logistics run while under tactical control of MSCCENT/CTF 53. She delivered 135 pallets of cargo and 529,000 gallons of fuel to U.S. and coalition ships. Fort Victoria’s support during Yemen contingency operations highlights the importance of mutual coalition support.
- August: Exercise Crescent Danger, a recurring, annual training event, employed 18 Expeditionary Port Unit personnel in Salalah, Oman, to simulate opening and operating a logistics port during combat operations.
- September: MSC-chartered MV Seattle completed an ammunition delivery mission to the U.S. Central Command area of operations, which provided munitions to forces in the region.
Military Sealift Command Far East – Singapore
ilitary Sealift Command Far East (MSCFE) exercises operational control over Military Sealift Command 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 2015, MSCFE managed a daily average of 47 ships representing all mission areas in the vast U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations.
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 region, including Guam, Japan, Republic of Korea, Wake Island, Diego Garcia, Singapore, and Kwajalein Atoll.
- October 2014: Maritime Prepositioning Squadron (MPS) Three participated in Amphibious Landing Exercise in Subic Bay, Philippines. USNS Sacagawea and the 118 embarked military personnel provided Joint Logistics Over-the-Shore (JLOTS) via the Improved Ribbon Bridge/Bridge Erection Boat, MV-22 Osprey, and CH-53E Super Stallion to support Marine Corps units ashore during the exercise. This exercise served to validate the Improved Ribbon Bridge/Bridge Erection Boat combination as a viable ship-to-shore connector for the T-AKE strategic sealift ships.
In addition, MPS Squadron Three also participated in Exercise Pacific Horizon. USNS Dahl and USNS PFC Dewayne T. Williams anchored off the coast of Camp Pendleton, California. The Dahl conducted JLOTS for its 258 primary end items via USNS Montford Point and landing craft air cushion, and roll-on/roll-off discharge facility operations. This was the first exercise using the expeditionary transfer dock class of ships as part of the JLOTS ship-to-shore chain.
- November: MV Clipper Makiri, an MSC-chartered ship moving U.S. Army cargo, completed equipment backload in port Shiraoi, Japan, as part of Exercise Pacific Pathways.
- December: MSC Ship Support Unit Singapore conducted a community relations event with USNS Pecos to deliver Project Handclasp materials from Singapore to Pattaya, Thailand. The MSCFE Chaplain met USNS Pecos in Pattaya and facilitated distribution of materials to five community organizations.
- January 2015: MPS Squadron Three and Marine Special Operations Command operators participated in a visit board search and seizure (VBSS) exercise and conducted training on the USNS 1ST LT Jack Lummus and USNS 2nd LT John P. Bobo. During the exercise, the team facilitated night helicopter operations, fast roping, VBSS boat boarding, and a simulated medical evacuation. The final tactical evolution included a coordinated helicopter and boat assault with fast rope, and hook and ladder take-over of the vessel.
- February: In support of Exercise Cobra Gold, the USNS Pililaau arrived in La em Chabang, Thailand and the Marines and Pililaau crew offloaded 105 principle end items. The ship then proceeded to Chuk Samet, Thailand, to remain at anchor until the offload in March at La em Chabang. The USNS Rappahannock supported Commander, Task Force 71 as part of Cobra Gold, conducting VBSS exercises.
- March: The USNS Pililaau traveled to White Beach, Okinawa, where it remained at anchor while preparing for exercise Freedom Banner. The Marine Corps Offload Preparation Party sourced from 3rd Marine Logistics Group and boat crews from Assault Craft Unit One embarked; and USNS Pililaau departed White Beach destined for Subic Bay, Republic of Philippines, to commence offload in support of the exercise.
- April: The USNS Sacagawea, USNS Pililaau, USNS PFC Eugene A. Obregon, and Marine Corps Reserve Expeditionary Port Units (EPU) supported Exercise Balikatan in Subic Bay, Republic of the Philippines. Eight reservists of EPU 102 from New York and three Strategic Sealift Officers supported the exercise. The reserves deployed to Subic Bay, set up a mobile sealift operations center van, and supported the discharge of equipment for the exercise from the ships and Army landing craft. They participated in the Marine Corps’ operations group watches and briefings, and supported MPSRON-3 as well as other visiting Combat Logistics Force and Special Mission ships. EPU 115 from Honolulu and EPU 111 from Oklahoma City deployed in phases to cover the operations for the exercise.
- May: Members of Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit Five along with counterparts from the Singaporean Navy and Australian Army safely conducted two days of training aboard USNS 2nd LT John P. Bobo. The training allowed the EOD personnel the opportunity to practice boarding and search operations on a merchant ship.
USNS Sacagawea and USNS Lewis and Clark, part of MPS Squadron Three participated in the Koa Moana series of exercises. Koa Moana 15-1 called for Sacagawea to provide logistical support to exercise Balikatan and a Theater Security Cooperation (TSC) mission in Saba, Malaysia. During Koa Moana 15-2, Sacagawea provided logistical support for exercise Talisman Saber in Darwin, Australia, and TSC missions in Papa New Guinea and Timor Leste. Lewis and Clark conducted Koa Moana 15-3, which included theater security cooperation visits to Kiribati and Vanuatu.
- June: MSCFE had 11 MSC ships supporting five different exercises in the Far East region. For exercise Talisman Saber, USNS Amelia Earhart and USNS Tippecanoe supported USS Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group; USNS Washington Chambers and USNS Rappahannock supported USS George Washington Carrier Strike Group; and USNS Sacagawea in Darwin supported Marine Corps units as part of Koa Moana. USNS 2nd LT John P. Bobo was in Chinhae, Republic of Korea conducting cargo operations in for exercise Peninsula Express and CJLOTS.
The USNS Mercy and USNS Millinocket participated in Pacific Partnership.
USNS PFC Eugene A. Obregon returned to the Far East area of responsibility and continued support for Pacific Pathways, with load outs in Chinhae and Busan, Republic of Korea.
- July: The USNS VADM K. R. Wheeler successfully deployed its Offshore Petroleum Distribution System over the 400-meter tidal flats at Anmyeon Beach using a hybrid deployment method of first line ashore, bulldozer pull, and use of the USNS Fast Tempo to bring the pipe close to shore then over the tidal flats. After securing the pipe ashore to the Beach Terminal Unit, Wheeler transferred nearly 40,000 gallons of water ashore into bladders supplied by the U.S. Army.
- August: MSCFE participated in Exercise Ulchi Freedom Guardian by working with Navy Reserve MSCFE 101 support, to activate response cells in Singapore, as well as in Yokohama at the Japan Seaport Coordination Center. The Expeditionary Port Unit conducted port familiarization and surveys in Yokohama. MSCFE 102 provided exercise support with MSCO-Korea in Busan, Korea, as well as manning MSC LNO billets at the Combined Seaport Coordination Center, and the Combined Maritime Operations Center at the ROK Fleet Headquarters in Busan. EPU 114 conducted port operation field training at Chinhae.
- September: The MPS Squadron Two Commodore and Operation Officer embarked USNS Lewis and Clark and commenced participation in Marine Corps Forces Pacific Exercise Koa Moana and supported a Marine Corps theater security cooperation visit to Papeete, Tahiti.