The Military Sealift Command (MSC) is a United States Navy organization that controls the replenishment and military transport ships of the Navy. The United States Military Sealift Command has the responsibility for providing sealift and ocean transportation for all US military services as well as for other government agencies. It first came into existence on 9 July 1949 when the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) became solely responsible for the Department of Defense's ocean transport needs. The MSTS was renamed the Military Sealift Command in 1970.
Military Sealift Command ships are made up of a core fleet of ships owned by the United States Navy and others under long-term-charter augmented by short-term or voyage-chartered ships. The Navy-owned ships carry blue and gold stack colors, are in service with the prefix USNS (United States Naval Ship), rather than in commission (a USS prefix), have hull numbers as an equivalent commissioned ship would have with the prefix T- and are civilian manned by either civil service mariners or contract crews (see United States Merchant Marine) as is the case of the special mission ships. Ships on charter or equivalent, retain commercial colors and bear the normal merchant MV, SS, or GTS without hull numbers.
Navy’s Military Sealift Command’s (MSC) grey hull fleet ... military must address inadequate sealift capacity prior to a Sino-U.S ... Not even the functional combatant command TRANSCOM owns all sealift ... military’s sealift shortfall and understands that sealift is ultimately how the U.S.
Rather than offloading directly in Durres' port, US personnel conducted a joint logistics over-the-shore operation, unloading vehicles and other heavy equipment from USNS Bob Hope, a US Military Sealift Command cargo ship, onto smaller vessels for transport to shore.
On June 7, a U.S. Navy Military Sealift Command fleet oiler rescued the crew of an aging freighter in the Gulf of Aden... Patuxent proceeded to the vessel's position at top speed, and she arrived before the ship completely sank ... Images courtesy USN ... Michael O’Driscoll (USN), commander of Task Force (TF) 53 ... ....
“Antarctica isn’t a ‘country’ claimed by any one country; and we went there to open the channel that allowed the Military Sealift Command to resupply the three bases there,” she said ... By 1998 she saw many other women serving, too; and she’d been promoted to Commander, the CG equivalent of a Lieutenant Colonel.
Navy... The vessel is currently under construction at Austal's yard in Alabama, and it will be the 13th of a series of 15 ... The series is operated by civilian merchant mariners as part of Military Sealift Command's sealift program; an unmanned version, without a vulnerable crew, might have alternative applications for the Navy ... ....
Navy after the Persian Gulf War when converted into the Shughart-class roll-on/roll-off ship for the Military Sealift Command...Mercogliano is a former merchant mariner, having sailed and worked ashore for the Military Sealift Command.