Honor to great service – the Military Sealift Command [26 Pics]

Cape Texas in choppy seas

Ready Reserve Force ship MV Cape Texas rides out a storm in the Mediterranean Sea in early March 2003. Cape Texas and 30 other RRF ships transported cargo for the U.S. Army’s Fourth Infantry Division during Operation Iraqi Freedom (CC Military Sealift Command).

Introduction

The Military Sealift Command (MSC) is a United States Navy organization that controls most of the replenishment and military transport ships of the Navy. MSC’s mission is to support our nation by delivering supplies and conducting specialized missions across the world’s oceans. Their website explains what they do in more detail. However we found a bunch of images in their photo library as well as in their annual reports (spaning all the way back to 2001). We realized these Images are much too cool and magnificent to just display on the Navy’s website. The MSC is after all the guys that keeps all going. Without them no operations would be possible. These images are a tribute to their courage and resolve as well as honor their great service. [26 pictures]

USNS Guadalupe refuels USS Kitty Hawk

Aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk receives fuel from MSC fleet replenishment oiler USNS Guadalupe while steaming through the central Pacific Ocean. The ships took part in the Rim of the Pacific exercise off Hawaii in July with units from Australia, Chile, Japan, the Netherlands, Peru, South Korea, Singapore and the United Kingdom. Photo by MCSN Anthony R. Martinez. (CC Military Sealift Command).

USS Howard and USNS Rainier

Guided missile destroyer USS Howard, left, and fast combat support ship USNS Rainier cruise in formation during an underway replenishment mission. Photo by PH3 Mark J. Rebilas, USN (CC Military Sealift Command).

A rainbow arcs over USNS Mercy

A rainbow arcs over USNS Mercy (CC Military Sealift Command).

Hospital

Hospital ship USNS Comfort rounds the tip of Manhattan Friday evening, Sept. 14, 2001 as smoke billows from Ground Zero. The ship’s personnel moved quickly to convert Comfort from a medical and surgical facility to a logistics support facility in response to the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center Sept. 11. Photo by Richard Perry/Courtesy of The New York Times. Military Sealift Command).

USNS Rappahannock conducts an at-sea refueling with USS Tortuga and USS Essex

MSC fleet replenishment oiler USNS Rappahannock conducts an at-sea refueling with amphibious dock landing ship USS Tortuga, left, and amphibious assault ship USS Essex, right, in the Gulf of Thailand. Guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem and amphibious dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry trail the formation. The ships participated in Exercise Cobra Gold, an annual Thailand and U.S. co-sponsored military exercise designed to train U.S. and partner Asian-Pacific forces. Photo by MC2 Gabriel S. Weber. (CC Military Sealift Command).

A sailor fires a line to USNS Kanawha

A gunner’s mate fires a line across to MSC fleet replenishment oiler USNS Kanawha from amphibious assault ship USS Saipan during an underway replenishment in the Mediterranean Sea. Photo by MC3 Gary Johnson (CC Military Sealift Command).

Fuel lines connect USNS Comfort and USNS Robert E. Peary

Fuel lines connect MSC hospital ship USNS Comfort and MSC dry cargo/ammunition ship USNS Robert E. Peary during Comfort’s four-month humanitarian and civic assistance mission to Latin America and the Caribbean. Photo by A1C Ashley Garcia. (CC Military Sealift Command).

USNS Arctic with USS Harry S. Truman

Fast combat support ship USNS Arctic (bottom) sails with aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman in the Mediterranean Sea. Ammunition ship USNS Mount Baker accompanies them during a simultaneous replenishment. An F-14 Tomcat launches from Truman. Photo by PH2 John Beeman, USN (CC Military Sealift Command).

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Aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, left, and guided-missile cruiser USS Anzio, right, take on supplies from MSC fast combat support ship USNS Arctic in the Atlantic Ocean. Photo by ET3 Paul Haze. (CC Military Sealift Command).

USS Halsey receives two Sailors from USNS Big Horn by high-line transfer

USS Halsey receives two Sailors from USNS Big Horn by high-line transfer (CC Military Sealift Command).

USNS Guadalupe

MSC fleet replenishment oiler USNS Guadalupe pumps fuel to aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (front) and guided missile destroyer USS Paul Hamilton (back) in the Pacific. Photo by MCSN Stephen Rowe. (CC Military Sealift Command).

USNS Lewis and Clark sends a fuel probe to USS Porter

USNS Lewis and Clark sends a fuel probe to USS Porter (CC Military Sealift Command).

Rough seas pound the hull of USNS Arctic

Rough seas pound the hull of MSC fast combat support ship USNS Arctic as it sails alongside aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman while preparing for a replenishment at sea in the Atlantic Ocean. Photo by MC3 Joshua Moore. (CC Military Sealift Command).

USS Nimitz steams behind USNS Bridge

USS Nimitz steams behind USNS Bridge (CC Military Sealift Command).

USNS Watkins alongside MV Mighty Servant I

Cargo is transferred from large, medium-speed, roll-on/roll-off ship USNS Watkins to MSC-chartered ship Mighty Servant I and then loaded onto hovercraft for delivery to shore during a demonstration to test the concept of sea basing. Sea bases will allow the military to deploy U.S. forces and their cargo from the sea instead of pierside (CC Military Sealift Command).

USNS Sisler

USNS Sisler (CC Military Sealift Command).

Personnel aboard USNS Able use firefighting hoses to deter simulated attackers

Personnel aboard MSC ocean surveillance ship USNS Able use firefighting hoses to deter simulated attackers in a rigid-hull, inflatable boat in the Pacific Ocean. Photo by MC2 Bryan Reckard. (CC Military Sealift Command).

CIVMARs aboard USNS Apache fight a fire aboard a commercial freighter

Civil service mariners aboard fleet ocean tug USNS Apache demonstrate heroism as they fight a fire aboard a commercial freighter off the coast of Liberia in August 2006. Their efforts earned them recognition from the United Seamen’s Service, as part of the annual Admiral of the Ocean Sea Awards (CC Military Sealift Command).

Marine equipment is driven off MSC Maritime Prepositioning Ship USNS 1ST LT Baldomero Lopez

Marine equipment is driven off MSC Maritime Prepositioning Ship USNS 1ST LT Baldomero Lopez and onto a floating roll-on/roll-off discharge facility at sea for transport to shore in Thailand during Freedom Banner ’08. Photo by MC2 Brian Caracci. (CC Military Sealift Command).

Sailors and soldiers disembark an Army Landing Craft Mechanized onto a floating causeway

Sailors and soldiers disembark an Army Landing Craft Mechanized onto a floating causeway (CC Military Sealift Command).

A weapons off-load between USS Ronald Reagan and USNS Flint

A Navy helicopter prepares to land on the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan during a weapons off-load between Reagan and MSC ammunition ship USNS Flint in the Western Pacific in April. Photo by CMC Spike Call. (CC Military Sealift Command).

A light amphibious recovery craft, or LARC, travels up the stern ramp of an underway MSC Maritime Prepositioning Ship.

MSC Maritime Prepositioning ships MV 1st Lt. Jack Lummus and MV 1st Lt. Alex Bonnyman made history in January in the Republic of Maldives while supporting Operation Unified Assistance. For the first time ever, a light amphibious recovery craft, or LARC, traveled up the stern ramp of an MPS while she was underway. The LARCs were used to transport water from island to island within the Maldives (CC Military Sealift Command).

USS

MSC command ship USS Mount Whitney, which supports U.S. 6th Fleet, is pierside in the harbor of Gaeta, Italy. Photo by MC3 Eddie Harrison. (CC Military Sealift Command).

A rigid-hull, inflatable boat from Maritime Prepositioning Ship USNS GYSGT Fred W. Stockham helps search for survivors

A rigid-hull, inflatable boat from Maritime Prepositioning Ship USNS GYSGT Fred W. Stockham helps search for survivors of the capsized commercial passenger ferry MV Princess of the Stars June 25, 2008. The ferry capsized during Typhoon Fengshen in the Philippines. (CC Military Sealift Command).

Ships participating in the exercise Brilliant Midas

Ships participating in the multinational NATO exercise Brilliant Midas 2006 patrol the waters off the coast of France after a day of training. Photo by MC2 Leonardo Carillo. (CC Military Sealift Command).

16 Comments

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  2. Wow lots of great pix, wasn’t expecting that this am, thank you for that. I sailed on a few of these MSC vessels in the mid 90’s for a short time myself. Two don’t exist anymore, the USNS, M/V’s Sealift South China Sea, on the American west coast from San Diego to Whittier, Ak. and the Sealift Indian Ocean (slindo) in the asian/pacific theatre, costal tankers running mostly jet fuel and some diesel, between refineries and bases. Then I spent some time on a sister ship to one of the pics in your set, Marine Corps. pre-positioning ship M/V Baldomero Lopez, I was on the M/V Sgt. William R. Button, out of dry-dock in Norfolk, to load in Jacksonville,Fla. then through the Panama canal to Hawaii. some fairly short but really amazing trips.

  3. It seems that some units do not get the publicly as others. But they are all just as important. Thanks for oppening our eyes and thanks to the United States Navy. We need to honor all of our troops.

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