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]
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).
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).
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).
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).
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).
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).
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).