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en-USJuly 2018 ISSUE UNITED WE SAILU.S. NAVYS MILITARY SEALIFT COMMAND... en-USUSNS LUMMUS, OCEAN JAZZ COMPLETE BACKLOAD OF BALIKATAN 2018 en-USIN THIS ISSUEen-USNational Maritime Dayen-US Fleet Week New Yorken-US COMFEX 18en-US USNS Henry J. Kaiseren-US RIMPAC Preparationen-US First Robot-Assisted Surgeryen-US USNS Leroy Grummanen-US USNS Rappahannocken-US en-US en-US Heritage Monthen-US USNS Mercy Change of Commanden-USMilitary Sealift Command (MSC) ships en-US conducted a backload of all equipment that en-US en-US Balikatan (BK) 2018 at Subic Bay, Olongapo, en-US Philippines, May 24-28.en-US Maritime prepositioning ship (MPS) USNS 1ST en-US LT Jack Lummus (T-AK 3011) and general en-US purpose, heavy-lift vessel MV Ocean Jazz en-US loaded about 620 items, which they previously en-US delivered, over the span of four days after the en-US en-US 18. en-US en-US with our partner nations, we are often en-US focused on the kinetic aspect of the military-en-US to-military engagement, said Capt. Robert R. en-US Williams, commander of MSC Far East. Its en-US easy to overlook the MSC contribution with en-US our key partners. We provide on-time logistics, en-US strategic sealift, as well as specialized missions en-US en-USBaliktan Backload, continued on page 8 USNS Lummus is part of Maritime en-USPrepositioning Ships Squadron Three en-US (MPSRON 3), out of the Guam-Saipan area en-US en-US mission is to strategically position Marine en-US Corps equipment at sea, which can then be en-US en-US upon. en-US en-US this, said Captain David L. Hagner, USNS en-US Lummus ships master, who has been with en-US the Lummus for more than 20 years. I like en-US en-US We often maintain the ships cranes, ramp, en-US and all the systems, and its nice to put them en-US through their rigors.en-US Aside from the conventional support that en-US an MPS might provide, the ship is capable en-US of supporting the military services in other, en-US more unconventional ways.en-US According to Hagner, the en-US Lummus established a re-en-US fueling station during the en-US en-US en-US We carry 36,000 barrels of en-US fuel as part of the capability en-US set of the ship; said Hagner. en-US Usually the Marines keep en-US the vehicles fueled to three-en-US quarters full. So, they dont en-US often come asking for fuel. en-US But this time they did. So, en-US as vehicles rolled off, we had en-US a little gas station for them en-US en-US In addition to carrying equipment, the Lummus en-US also embarked a contingency of Marines that en-US en-US a civilian contracted crew that are responsible en-US for the upkeep of all the prepositioned gear. en-US These additional passengers depended on the en-US ship for some life-support services. en-US Even stuff like feeding a surge team. Thats a en-US capability that were supposed to possess and en-US we like to show it off, said Hagner. en-US The Ocean Jazz is a time-chartered commercial en-US container ship that is contracted by MSC for en-US en-US Armys transportation requirements.


en-USNATIONAL en-US MARITIME DAY, en-US FLEET WEEK en-US NEW YORK, en-US AREA COMMAND en-US MANNING en-US STUDIES en-USFrom Commander, Military en-US Sealift Commanden-US On May 22 we joined with en-US communities around the nation to en-US celebrate National Maritime Day, a en-US day for celebration as well as a day en-US of remembrance. en-US The United States has always been, and will remain a maritime nation. en-US For this reason, merchant mariners, the shipbuilding and repair en-US industry, and maritime companies have been crucial to American en-US economic prosperity since the founding of our nation. en-US In 1933, Congress declared National Maritime Day to commemorate en-US the American steamship Savannahs voyage from the United States to en-US en-US with steam propulsion. en-US National Maritime Day has evolved to become so much more. We now en-US recognize the importance of the maritime industry to our economic en-US en-US en-US mariners. In World War II, our merchant mariners and their shipmates en-US en-US the Indian Ocean, and even within the Arctic Circle. During that war, en-US more than 250,000 members of the American Merchant Marine served en-US their country, with about 8,300 mariners killed at sea and 12,000 en-US wounded. en-US That same sense of commitment and call to service is on display en-US today as our Department of Defense (DoD) mariners at Military Sealift en-US Command remain ready, relevant, and resolute as they boldly sail the en-US worlds oceans providing assured logistics and specialized support to en-US en-US On May 22, we pause in memorial to our merchant mariner shipmates en-US en-US en-US stepped forward to carry on our DoD mariner tradition.en-US Let us keep all maritime professionals and their families in our thoughts en-US as they work for the safety, security and prosperity of our nation. en-USen-USOver the Memorial Day weekend Military Sealift Command mariners en-US and ships participated in Fleet Week New York (FWNY), hosting tours en-US and engaging with the public. FWNY provided an opportunity for en-US the citizens of New York City and the surrounding tristate area to en-US meet Sailors, Marines, Coast Guardsmen, and DoD and commercial en-US en-US maritime services. en-US en-US en-US en-US Our presence at this event highlighted two of our strategic pillars: en-US our people and our platforms.en-US Community relations events such as these provide an opportunity en-US for the public to meet our mariners and learn about the vital role they en-US play in providing on-time logistics, strategic sealift, and specialized en-US mission support anywhere in the world. The crews of City of en-US Bismarck and Maury represented the thousands of professional en-US and dedicated mariners working at or under contract for MSC. en-US en-US two of our newest ships and learn how these ships operate and the en-US variety of missions they support around the world.en-US Im proud that we took advantage of this great opportunity to en-US educate and inform the public about our mariners and the unique en-US en-US en-US ship masters and chief engineers, and mariners who participated in en-US Fleet Week New York events. Thank you for proudly representing en-US Military Sealift Command.en-USen-USOne of the enumerated tasks in Navigation Track edition 2 is en-US to Conduct a zero-based billet review of the staff serving in the en-US headquarters, detachments, area commands, and Maritime en-US Prepositioning Squadrons. The purpose of this review is to en-US determine if our command is sized and organized appropriately, en-US and to validate missions, functions, and tasks.en-US Our Voyage Plan gives us a blueprint for where we are heading in the en-US en-US forward thinking and aligned with the Voyage Plan. Our manning en-US en-US en-US the past decades. Times have changed and how we allocate and en-US position our most precious resource, our people, must keep pace en-US with the new maritime.en-US The process to conduct an assessment and validation of the Area en-US Commands manpower requirements have begun with MSCLANT en-US and MSCPAC. Reviews at MSCEURAF, MSCCENT, and MSCFE will en-US take place later this year. The process for the reviews includes data en-US gathering, data analysis, on-site visits and reporting of the analysis. en-US The data will be gathered in a transparent method, where each en-US employee is requested to submit a task list, whether they are en-US competency aligned or on the area command staff. Employee-en-US provided workload data will be studied and validated through en-US research, observation and interviews. Ive asked our manpower en-US en-US operations from the Area Commanders perspective.en-US Id ask that team members at the Area Commands look at this en-US review as an opportunity, not a hazard. You have the chance to en-US provide direct and meaningful input on the best way to organize and en-US man our staffs for the future. en-US Thank you to the Headquarters N1 staff for organizing and en-US conducting the reviews and to the staffs at the Area Commands who en-US will provide the critical data needed to make each review successful. en-US United We Sail, en-US Rear Adm. Dee L. Mewbourne, USNen-US Commander, Military Sealift Command en-USFor More Information Abouten-US Military Sealift Commanden-US Visit us at


en-USen-USMILITARY SEALIFT COMMAND JOINS MARITIME INDUSTRY TO en-US CELEBRATE NATIONAL MARITIME DAYen-USPAGE 3 en-USen-USMILITARY SEALIFT COMMANDS NEWEST EXPEDITIONARY en-US FAST TRANSPORT SHIP HOSTS FLEET WEEK NEW YORKen-USMilitary Sealift Command celebrated National en-US Maritime Day, a day of remembrance to recognize en-US the importance of the United States maritime en-US en-US U.S. Merchant Mariners, with participation by the en-US Maritime Administration and hosted by the Norfolk en-US Propeller Club and Port of Norfolk, May 22. en-USThe dry cargo & ammunition ship USNS Medgar en-US Evers (T-AKE 13) hosted a reception for nearly en-US 200 members of the maritime industry and en-US supported a nearby wreath laying ceremony en-US with tugboats conducting a water salute on the en-US Elizabeth River.en-US National Maritime Day has evolved to become en-US so much more as we recognize the importance of en-US the maritime industry to our nations economic en-US strength, said Rear Adm. Dee L. Mewbourne, en-US commander, Military Sealift Command. Let us en-US keep all our nations mariners in our thoughts en-US and prayers as they contribute courageously to en-US the security and prosperity of our nation.en-US In 1933, Congress designated May 22 as National en-US en-US merchant marine and the maritime industry en-US to American economic prosperity and national en-US defense.en-US Im proud to celebrate National Maritime day, en-US a day where we honor American mariners who en-US have served the U.S. admirably in time of war en-US and crisis, including many who have made the en-US en-US Buzby, Maritime Administrator. By delivering en-US supplies and equipment to our military forces en-US overseas, and commercials partners here at en-US home and to other nations, our mariners have en-US helped establish and sustain our way of life. en-US Merchant mariners have been instrumental en-US en-US en-US logistics battles in human history by moving en-US and delivering supplies that enabled the Allied en-US victory in World War II.en-US en-US General Dwight D. Eisenhower said, When en-US en-US will share its credit more deservedly than the en-US Merchant Marine.en-US en-US USNS City of Bismarck (T-EPF 9) hosted 2,550 visitors during Fleet Week en-US New York 2018, May 23-28 at State University New York Maritime College en-US en-US en-US Creek in Norfolk, Virginia, for transit up the East River to New York, May en-US 23 to participate in the week-long celebration with 13 other ships. Fleet en-US Week New York is the citys time-honored celebration of the sea services, en-US and an opportunity for the citizens of New York and the surrounding en-US tri-state area to meet Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen as well as en-US en-US Community relations events such as these provide an opportunity for en-US the public to meet MSC mariners and learn about the vital role they play en-US in providing on-time logistics, strategic sealift, and specialized mission en-US support anywhere in the world, said Rear Adm. Dee Mewbourne, en-US commander, Military Sealift Command.en-US Throughout the week, USNS City of Bismarck received visits from en-US thousands of students and residents from the local community, including en-US en-US Cadets, Catholic Youth Organization cadets and Star of the Sea Cadets. en-US Programs such as these aim to promote the core values of self-discipline, en-US en-US community and use military and liberal arts sciences to build students en-US skills in leadership, communication, academics, social emotional wellness en-US en-US Our visit to USNS City of Bismarck supported our mission and showed en-US the cadets that after completing high school, they too could have the en-US opportunity to serve their country and have the privilege to work on an en-US impressive ship like USNS City of Bismarck, said Col. Dave Laguer, en-US Corps Commander for New York Grey Cadets.en-US Eight U.S. Navy reservists were also embarked on USNS City of Bismarck en-US to help facilitate tours throughout the week. The embarked Sailors not en-US only had the chance to interact with visitors but were also able to interact en-US with the civilian mariners aboard the ship. en-US It was an outstanding opportunity for myself, as a mariner and a member en-US of the U.S. Navy Reserves, it felt great to be that bridge between the two en-US groups because although we work side-by-side together, we infrequently en-US have the opportunity to actually work together in a capacity where we en-US learn from each other, said Lt. Christopher Jackson.en-US Military Sealift Command accepted delivery of USNS City of Bismarck in en-US en-US en-US later this year. Every newly built MSC ship has to undergo FCT ensuring en-US compliance that all contractual obligations are met for the safe and proper en-US operation of the ship and equipment. For some crewmembers, Fleet Week en-US New York was the icing on the cake.en-US We received a 9.4 which is the highest amongst all EPFs! said Anthony en-US Hayes, Second Engineer aboard USNS City of Bismarck. After doing so en-US well during Final Contract Trials and all the hard work we put in, coming en-US here to Fleet Week, seeing the kids faces, the parents, teachers, and en-US en-US refreshing. en-US en-US a Bismarck, North Dakota, native and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, en-US Kings Point graduate shared her most memorable moment of the voyage en-US with Sons of the American Legion Radio during an interview. en-US I really enjoyed planning that trip up the East River more than anything en-US Ive done in the past, said Evenson. I know the area well from having en-US gone to school out here and visiting as a kid, and just to see the landmarks en-US and the river from my own ship, named after my hometown, on a voyage en-US that I planned is really indescribable. en-US We had a very successful Final Contract Trial, a great testament to the en-US skill and preparation of the crew, said Capt. James Regan, master, USNS en-US City of Bismarck. Fleet Week felt like a great reward to be able to give to en-US those guys and gals who did that work. It was an honor to be selected to en-US go and it was a really enjoyable event for the entire crew.


en-USCOMFEX 18: USNS COMFORT LOOKS FORWARD, STANDS READY en-USMilitary Sealift Commands hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) en-US returned to Naval Station Norfolk, May 16, after completing a seven-day en-US en-US 2018.en-US en-US designed to prepare and test the capabilities of the ships medical en-US professionals through a battery of training evolutions, ensuring readiness en-US to support major combat operations (MCOs) and rapidly answer any en-US emergent crisis.en-US en-US mariners, joint service members, active and reserve, along with civilian en-US medical professionals and educators. Despite coming from different en-US en-US together to accomplish their mission training objectives.en-US en-US of Military Sealift Command Atlantic (MSCLANT), who made a shipboard en-US en-US en-US some of the real-world lessons that weve learned from humanitarian en-US operations last year.en-US In 2017, Comfort supported humanitarian aid and disaster relief efforts en-US in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria.en-US en-US approach to prepare the ships assets for readiness in plausible real-en-US world scenarios and MCOs.en-US en-US within scenarios such as mass-casualty response to hyper-realistic en-US en-US aid for migrant populations, infectious disease control and responding to en-US chemical and biological weapon threats.en-US I already knew my medical professionals could provide world-class care, en-US en-US en-US en-USPAGE 4en-USUSNS HENRY J. KAISER PROVIDES LOGISTICS SERVICES en-US TO USS JOHN C. STENNIS STRIKE GROUPen-USOff the coast of Southern California, since April 16, Military Sealift en-US en-US en-US Stennis (CVN 74) carrier strike group as they conducted pre-deployment en-US en-US Through a series of 18 replenishments-at-sea (RAS), Kaiser delivered 740 en-US pallets of food, parts and equipment, as well as retrieving 61 Pallets of en-US en-US million gallons of jet fuel and 6 million gallons of diesel ship fuel.en-US en-US en-US by Kaiser the past few weeks, not only enables the strike group to remain en-US en-US period, but also makes it easier for the ship to receive supplies and mail.en-US en-US en-US or humanitarian disasters.en-US Buckley said training objectives were tackled by establishing a bench en-US en-US en-US tracking the casualties to the hospital and the level of care they require.en-US en-US place and anywhere in the world, said Buckley. Dont our nations sons en-US and daughters deserve that? en-US Comfort is the third U.S. Navy ship to bear the name Comfort. Comfort en-US was built as a San Clemente-class oil tanker in 1976 by the National en-US Steel and Shipbuilding Company. Her original name was S.S. Rose City en-US and the ship was launched from San Diego.en-US The ships career as an oil tanker ended when it was delivered to the U.S. en-US Navy as USNS Comfort Dec. 1, 1987. en-USRASing is easier for the crews of the strike group ships to receive goods en-US at sea and to directly stock them when they have a full crew onboard, en-US en-US en-US have a duty section to work with.en-US Successful RASing requires a number of considerations; weather, size of en-US the ships, geographic location, cargo moving. For the logistics department, en-US the name of the game is communication and planning.en-US We are in contact with the ships requiring supplies and fuel, said en-US Sigmon. Communication is the key, so we can ensure the logistics en-US en-US know in advance, so we can gather pre-delivery guidance, but sometimes en-US things come up at the last minute that we have to coordinate. The better en-US we communicate, in these instances, the smoother things go at sea.en-US For over 100 years, the Navy has been conducting replenishments-at-en-US sea, and for the dedicated and highly professional crew of Kaiser and en-US MSC, its business as usual, but, for the ships of a carrier strike group en-US such as the USS John C. Stennis, its the ability to stay on station and to en-US carry on with the mission at hand whether deployment to a war zone, or en-US


en-USPAGE 5en-USMSC SHIPS USNS BOB HOPE, USNS CARL BRASHEAR en-US CONDUCT INPORT SHIP-TO-SHIP TRANSFERen-USMilitary Sealift Command ships USNS Carl Brashear (T-AKE 7) and en-US USNS Bob Hope (T-AKR 300) conducted an inport, ship-to-ship transfer en-US operations at Naval Station Everett, Washington, in preparation for the en-US en-US Due to limited pier space at the shipyard, and with a timeline for RIMPAC en-US support, the decision was made to conduct the inport ship-to-ship en-US operation, something not as widely done by MSC ships as transfers-at-en-US sea, such underway replenishments conducted by duty oilers several en-US times a week. en-US Brashear, which had been participating in operations at the Manchester en-US Naval Fuel Depot, transited to Naval Station Everett the day before the en-US load on May 14, and moored alongside, on the outboard side, of Bob en-US Hope.en-US According to Capt. Michael Grogan, Brashears civil service master, en-US en-US of operations. Due to the size difference between the ships; Brashear at en-US en-US Station pier area, maneuvering into position was the most challenging en-US part of the mission for Brashears crew. en-US Going outboard to Bob Hope is really the challenge for this operation, en-US en-US Bob Hope is tricky. It takes a lot of attention to detail and good seamanship en-US to bring the ships alongside each other. Its challenging, but it is also a en-US en-US Once alongside Bob Hope and within feet of each other, cargo operations en-US en-US Force equipment, including generators, were transferred from the pier, en-US across Bob Hopes deck and loaded onto Brashear. en-USFIRST ROBOT-ASSISTED SURGERY ABOARD USNS MERCY: en-US MULTINATIONAL SURGEONS SLICING INTO THE FUTUREen-USen-US en-US 2018 (PP18) and Sri Lankan surgeons, assigned to Base Hospital Mutur, en-US en-US Commands hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) on May 4.en-US The joint team of multinational surgeons and medical professionals successfully en-US en-US en-US time the Da Vinci Robot has been used on a live patient aboard a maritime en-US vessel from any country.en-US This was a historic moment for both Sri Lanka and all the partner nations en-US participating in PP18, said Lt. Cmdr. Kyle Gadbois, director of surgical services en-US en-US en-US en-US en-US en-US Prior to the actual surgery on May 4, Gadbois along with Dr. Vyramuthu en-US Varanitharan, a general surgeon at Base Hospital Mutur, and Cmdr. Tamara en-US Worlton, a surgeon from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center assigned en-US en-US en-US This surgery took a lot of planning before we actually performed it aboard en-US the Mercy, said Worlton. Dr. Varanitharan was kind enough to prescreen en-US possible candidates prior to the Mercys arrival to Sri Lanka.en-US On May 28, the team selected a patient who needed a cholecystectomy and was en-US willing to have a robotic-assisted surgery performed. According to Worlton, all en-US the preparation and collaboration put into planning before the operation paid en-US off and the entire surgery was completed in a smooth and routine manner.en-US I believe the surgery was a success because of the continuous collaboration en-US between our partner nations medical staff prior to the surgery where we en-US discussed different surgical techniques the different countries do and how it en-US could be incorporated into the surgery.en-US en-US en-US career.en-US en-US surprised me, said Varanitharan. It is very stable and doesnt move around. en-US It felt as if I was doing surgery in an operating room in a hospital. It was a en-US en-US something my team and I will never forget.en-US en-USThis wouldnt normally be the way we would do this kind of a loadout, en-US en-US Everett, this was really the only way for us to get this equipment aboard en-US and over to Hawaii in time for RIMPAC.en-US en-US Hawaii where it will deliver the Air Force cargo. Once in Hawaii, the en-US en-US participating in RIMPAC.en-US After the surgery was successfully completed, the patient was transferred to en-US the Mercys post anesthesia care unit to recover and was later discharged from en-US en-US Varanitharan. en-US en-US en-US includes military and civilian personnel from the United States, Canada, United en-US Kingdom, Australia, France, Peru, and Japan.en-US USNS Mercy made previous stops in the 2018 mission in Bengkulu, Indonesia en-US and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and are currently in Trincomalee, Sri Lanka. en-US After departing Sri Lanka, USNS Mercy will make mission stops in Vietnam en-US and Japan strengthening alliances, partnerships, and multilateral cooperation en-US en-US en-US nation military and civilian personnel working side-by-side with host nation en-US counterparts to be better prepared for potential humanitarian aid and disaster en-US response situations.


en-USPAGE 6en-USMILITARY SEALIFT COMMANDS USNS RAPPAHANNOCK en-US DELIVERS FUEL TO INDONESIAN FRIGATE, HELPS en-US INCREASE CAPACITYen-US USNS LEROY GRUMMAN PERFORMS NIGHT UNREP en-US TRAINING WITH USS GERALD R. FORD en-USen-US en-US en-US Rappahannock (T-AO 204) conducted an underway replenishment en-US (UNREP) with a guided-missile frigate of the Indonesian navy at en-US Indonesian territorial waters in the South China Sea, May 20.en-US The Rappahannock, a Henry J. Kaiser-class ship, transferred more en-US than 13,000 gallons of fuel to the KRI Raden Eddy Martadinata (FFG-en-US 331), a Martadinata-class guided-missile frigate of the Indonesian en-US Navy.en-US Indonesia is an important partner in the region and drills like this en-US help promote interoperability, enhance our partnership and increase en-US Theater Security Cooperation, said Capt. Robert R. Williams, en-US commander of MSC Far East. We have worked with the Indonesian en-US en-US and those are great opportunities to foster that military-to-military en-US relationship with them. The UNREP is our way of building a Navy-to-en-US Navy relationship with the Indonesians. In doing so, we are helping en-US their Navy increase capacity.en-US In April, MSCs dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Washington en-US Chambers (T-AKE 11) conducted an UNREP with a Royal Malaysian en-USen-US replenishment oiler USNS Leroy Grumman (T-AO 195) performed night en-US en-US (SQT) with the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) pier-side, at en-US Naval Station Norfolk, May 11.en-US The training evolution gave both ships the opportunity to hone their skills en-US at delivering and receiving supplies and fuel in a controlled environment.en-US Leroy Grumman just completed a mid-term availability (MTA) in the en-US Detyens Shipyard which lasted about 11 weeks, said Captain Richard en-US Gray, Leroy Grummans master. Performing SQTs with the Ford provided en-US refresher training in UNREP Rig Operations to crew-members after a long en-US period of operational inactivity.en-US The pier side SQTs also provided Leroy Grumman a chance to check out en-US its UNREP equipment, which was repaired and maintained during the en-US MTA, added Gray.en-US Under way replenishments at sea gives the U.S. Navy the ability to re-en-US supply its ships while underway thus giving them the ability to remain on en-US station for longer periods of time.en-US In port SQTs at night are very unusual, according to Gray. Normal en-US en-US station lights were used to simulate the hours of darkness as much as en-US possible in a pier side environment.en-US en-US en-US en-US en-US safety meeting to thank both the UNREP training team and crew for en-US supporting the night time evolution.en-US Ships face different challenges when performing UNREPS at night than en-US when tasked with resupply missions during the day.en-US When conducting UNREPS at night, our crew face a reduction in depth en-US perception and reference points during hours of darkness making the en-US en-US said Gray. The same visual limitations make station keeping between en-US en-US en-US Forty-eight of Leroy Grummans civil service mariners participated in en-US the night time, in port underway replenishment training with Ford, said en-US Gray. They were responsible for sending two fuel rigs and one cargo rig en-US simultaneously to the Ford. During the training, they performed these en-US evolutions twice.en-US Both Leroy Grummans civil service mariners and the Sailors who en-US manned the Fords UNREP equipment performed very well, and the en-US evolution was considered a success, concluded Gray.en-US en-US replenishment oilers which are responsible for providing logistical support en-US to the U.S. Navy and allied forces operating at sea. en-USSailors assigned to USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) participate in line handlers during a simulated pierside en-US nighttime replenishment-at-sea with USNS Leroy Grumman (T-AO 195). Ford is currently conducting en-US test and evaluation operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jonathan en-US Pankau) navy ship in order to increase the ships range, which will allow it to en-USen-US (RIMPAC 2018).en-US en-US en-US months of even numbered years in waters around the Hawaiian en-US Islands and Southern California.en-US The USNS Rappahannock is currently operating in the U.S. Navy 7th en-US en-US en-US ships that replenish U.S. Navy ships, conduct specialized missions, en-US strategically preposition combat cargo at sea around the world and en-US move military cargo and supplies used by deployed U.S. forces and en-US coalition partners.


PAGE 7 en-USMSC CELEBRATES ASIAN AMERICAN AND PACIFIC en-US ISLANDER HERITAGE MONTHen-US USNS MERCY HOLDS CHANGE OF COMMAND CEREMONY en-USen-US Capt. John R. Rotruck relieved Capt. Peter F. Roberts as commanding en-US en-US en-US Partnership 2018 (PP18), May 20. en-US During the ceremony, Roberts credited the success of his tour aboard en-US Mercy to his fellow leaders and the hard work of both the in-port crew and en-US embarked crew during missions. en-US Roberts, a cardiovascular surgeon and native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, en-US assumed command of Mercy in July 2016. During his tour, Roberts has en-US en-US miles. While under Roberts command, the ship made many technological en-US en-US tele-health aboard the ship, and being a part of many research projects en-US that have advanced both basic and clinical science. en-US The things Ill remember forever are the personal interactions and en-US relationships we develop in the countries we visit, said Roberts. We en-US (Mercy crew) deliver care to tens of thousands of patients, but it is that en-US connection you get with one person at a time that I will remember for the en-US rest of my life, I receive letters, messages, and emails almost daily from en-US en-US ship changed their lives. Its not always just delivering care, the ship herself en-US is a symbol of hope and togetherness that people are inspired by and they en-US often take the Mercys presence as a sign that their lives will change for en-US en-US Military Treatment Facility.en-US During his speech at the ceremony, Roberts spoke highly of his time en-US aboard Mercy.en-US Im very sad about leaving the crew and this ship, said Roberts. Both en-US en-US have not only been the highlight of my career but the highlight of my life. en-US Sailing around the world and being with people from partner nations and en-US having a crew aboard whose purpose is to help the countries we visit is en-US en-US Service members and civilian support staff en-US attached to Military Sealift Command gathered en-US at Ely Hall at Naval Station Norfolk to celebrate en-US en-US Month, May 24.en-US Military Sealift Commands special observance en-US en-US en-US Islander citizens.en-US en-US descent have contributed immeasurably to our en-US nations development and diversity as a people. en-US en-US Heritage Month, we recognize their tremendous en-US contributions, which have helped strengthen our en-US communities, industries, Armed Forces, national en-US security, and institutions of governance, en-US according to President Donald J. Trumps 2018 en-US en-US Month Presidential Proclamation. Through their en-US industriousness and love of country, our nation en-US has enjoyed the privileges and enrichments of en-US multiple innovations and societal advancements.en-US Capt. Beth Silsdorf, the Diversity and Inclusion en-US Program Manager for the Norfolk Navy Shipyard en-US (NNSY), was the keynote speaker for MSCs Asian en-US en-US special observance.en-US Military Sealift Commands Voyage Plan focuses en-US on four pillars; people platforms, processes and en-US partners, said Silsdorf. One of the reasons we en-US en-US Islander Heritage Month special observance is en-US to focus on the people aspect of our business. I en-US think we can all agree that the Navy could not do en-US what we do without our people.en-US en-US Islander Heritage Month special observance, en-US command leadership support and command en-US leadership participation show that MSC values en-US people, added Silsdorf.en-US en-US en-USUSNS Mercy COC, continued on page 8en-USMilitary Sealift Commands vision is, United en-US en-US boldly sail the worlds oceans to provide essential en-US assured logistics and service support to the joint en-US en-US maritime dominance as the nations premier en-US maritime transportation organization.en-US One of the things that MSC values as an en-US organization is diversity, added Silsdorf. One of en-US MSCs strategic themes is to harness and develop en-US a talented and capable workforce.en-US According to the Voyage Plan, As an employer of en-US choice, MSC recruits, hires, trains, develops and en-US retains a diverse and ready workforce; improving en-US its capability by creating a culture that values the en-US contributions of all. We encourage our employees en-US to reach their potential and achieve professional en-US satisfaction by providing them with the necessary en-US training, tools, mentoring opportunities, and en-US encouragement. MSC will design and apply en-US comprehensive training solutions that address en-US employee gaps. We will establish the highest ethical en-US work climate that is free from discrimination, en-US harassment, hazing, reprisal, or inappropriate en-US conduct; inspires unbridled motivation and en-US en-US under a common goal; and encourages a work-life en-US balance for its employees. MSC will collaboratively en-US work to harness the diversity of knowledge, en-US en-US offers to creatively meet its challenges.en-US In addition to the address presented by Silsdorf, en-US the special observance included a slide show en-US produced by Carneal Smith of MSCs Equal en-US Employment Opportunity program and the en-US singing of the national anthem.en-US The observance recognizing Asian American and en-US en-US Title 36, U.S. Code, Section 102. This observance en-US runs through the month of May and celebrates the en-US en-US throughout the United States. The theme for en-US en-US Month 2018 was Unite Our Vision by Working en-US Together.en-US en-US en-US Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, en-US Fiji, and the Solomon Islands), Micronesia en-US (Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall en-US Islands, Kiribati, Nauru, and the Federated States en-US of Micronesia), and Polynesia (New Zealand, en-US Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway Islands, en-US Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook en-US Islands, French Polynesia, and Easter Island), en-US according to the Defense Equal Opportunity en-USManagement Institute. en-USRear Adm. Paul D. Pearigen, Commander, Navy Medicine West Chief of en-US en-US One of the most rewarding milestones and positions in the Navy, is that of en-US en-US it gives us the opportunity to lead and mold our Sailors at a higher level. en-US en-US in both personal and team achievements. Most importantly, there is a en-US dedication to professionalism and leadership thats developed not only in en-US him, but also those around him. With Roberts at the helm, Mercy has en-US surpassed her goals and advanced the use of newly introduced programs en-US and equipment. en-US en-US Surgeon. en-US Its going to be hard leaving the ship, said Roberts. Being the commanding en-US en-US change of command ceremony, Im just going to be a captain and not a


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Dee Mewbourne, USN en-US T om Van Leunen en-US Jillian Morris en-US B ill Mesta, Norfolk, VA en-US Brian Suriani, Norfolk, VA en-USJennifer Hunt, Norfolk, VAen-US D avid Griesmer, Norfolk, VA W ayne Perry, Norfolk, VA N athan Potter, Norfolk, VA en-USShevonne Cleveland, Norfolk, VA L aShawn Sykes, Norfolk, VA en-USGrady Fontana, Singapore S arah Burford, San Diego, CA en-USMatthew Montgomery, Naples, Italy en-USMilitary Sealift Command reports to the Commander, en-USU.S. Transportation Command for defense transportation en-USmatters, to the Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command en-USfor Navy-unique matters and to the Assistant Secretary en-USof the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition en-US for procurement policy and oversight matters.en-US Baliktan Backload, Continued from page 1 en-USIn 1895, when the Armed Forces again had a great need en-US for oceangoing ships, the Merchant Marine was no longer en-US in a position to supply all of the required shipping as it en-US had done in the past, because it had dwindled away to en-US en-US en-US and Navy had to buy foreign vessels and had to take care en-US of their own ship operating requirements by establishing en-US sea transportation services.en-US At the outbreak of the war with Spain the Quartermaster en-US had only 10 small harbor boats and was unprepared for en-US a large overseas movement. The Navy was well equipped en-US en-US Spain, but they lacked supply ships and coaling facilities, en-US both at home and abroad.en-US When war was declared, the Navy had warships in Hong en-US en-US ships: the Nanshan with 3,000 tons of coal on board, and en-US en-US Admiral Deweys warships when he sailed to Manila Bay.en-US The magnitude of his victory at Manila Bay solved en-US en-US since he could now await the arrival of the two colliers en-US and an ammunition ship purchased on the west coast of en-US the United States for his use.en-US The blockade of Cuba required the maintenance of a naval en-US force constantly at sea, but the Navy was not prepared en-US to provide the coal required for this operation without en-US periodically withdrawing ships. Equipment for coaling at en-US en-US the West Indies and the Bureau of Equipment had to buy en-US steamers, convert them into colliers, and provide them with en-US en-USen-US en-USThe Rough Riders under Colonel Theodore Roosevelt faced en-US almost unbelievable congestion and chaos at Port Tampa en-US when they set out for the invasion of Cuba. The ships en-US which the Quartermasters Department chartered in June en-US 1898 for transporting troops, animals, and supplies to en-US Cuba could transport only 16,000 men rather than the en-US planned 25,000 men. Thanks to a calm sea and feeble en-US Spanish resistance, the overcrowded transports reached en-US Santiago, Cuba in safety and both Cuba and Puerto Rico en-US were occupied by American forces.en-US en-US and 2 purchased steamers were converted into troop-en-US carrying vessels at San Francisco for the conquest of the en-US en-US convoys, and, since the voyage involved a distance of en-US more than 7,000 miles, great care was taken in their en-US conversion. The conquest of the Philippines was achieved en-US en-US San Francisco.en-US-American Merchant Marine at War, www.usmm.orgen-US ANY en-USDAYen-USConcurrent to BK 2018, the Ocean Jazz is also en-US engaged in a mobility operation for USARPAC en-US en-US conducted a series of missions in various en-US en-US en-US en-US en-US partner militaries to a single MSC charter vessel en-US on a single voyage plan that delivers U.S. Army en-US en-US en-US designated task force and their force package en-US equipment to the entire duration of a pathway. en-US Both ships arrived in the Philippines late April en-US en-US en-US start of BK 2018, which kicked off with an en-US opening ceremony May 7. en-US en-US en-US Philippines (AFP) and the USPACOM.en-US About 5,000 Marines, Soldiers, Airmen, and en-US Sailors from the AFP participated in BK 2018 en-US with 3,000 from US forces composed of U.S. en-US Marines, Army, Navy, Air Force, and Special en-US Operations Forces.en-US The Ocean Jazz is a member of the Maritime en-US en-US ships that are assets the U.S. military can draw en-US upon during contingencies.en-US en-US en-US en-US en-US en-US in Pearl Harbor in July and Im looking forward to participating in all the en-US RIMPAC events and seeing how the crew is doing.en-US en-US en-US en-US coming into a command that has a tremendously high morale and has en-US demonstrated to me a climate of dignity and respect throughout the entire en-US crew, said Rotruck. I think this environment will help set the stage for en-US me to sustain the positive energy and to continue having mission success en-US that Roberts has already established. I am very thankful to him for it.en-US Rotruck, a cardiothoracic anesthesiologist and a native of Virginia Beach, en-US Virginia, was previously Chief of Staff at Walter Reed National Military en-US Medical Center. en-US en-US ship USNS Brunswick (T-EPF 6), are participating in PP18, the largest en-US annual multinational humanitarian assistance and disaster relief en-US en-USUSNS Mercy COC, Continued from page 7