Military Sealift Command Reservist Provide Support During RIMPAC 2016

As Military Sealift Command continues to support Rim of the Pacific 2016 (RIMPAC) operations in and around Hawaii, 114 MSC reservists are on station, providing vital services to the MSC mission.

MSC Reservists are providing maritime logistics support to Commander Task Group 173.1. As Capt. David Dry’s, commander Military Sealift Command Pacific and commander CTG 173.1, on station representatives to RIMPAC, these Reservists provide comprehensive planning and coordination for all RASs, CONREPS and VERTREPS conducted during the exercise for all 45 surface ships participating in RIMPAC 2016. This includes arranging berthing space for in port ships, loading of fuel and stores and coordinating rendezvous locations and times.

At-sea, MSC Cargo Afloat Rig Teams (CART) from East Coast Team One and West Coast Team Two are at the center of at-sea logistics operations in support of the exercise. The 13-man CARTs are on the decks of MSC’s fleet replenishment oilers USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO 187), USNS Rappahannock (T-AO 204), training and working hand-in-hand with the civil service mariner crews to meet the huge underway replenishment challenges of keeping the ships of 26 nations moving and supplied.

Coast Guard Cutter Stratton (WMSL 752)prepares to receive fuel from Military Sealift Command underway replenishment oiler USNS Rappahannock (T-AO 204), during Rim of the Pacific exercise 2016. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Loumania Stewart/Released)

Coast Guard Cutter Stratton (WMSL 752)prepares to receive fuel from Military Sealift Command underway replenishment oiler USNS Rappahannock (T-AO 204), during Rim of the Pacific exercise 2016. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Loumania Stewart/Released)

“RIMPAC is a tremendous opportunity to deploy as a unit and execute our mission – which is to be the premier source of ready, adaptable, and responsive reserve component experts in combat logistics force (CLF) and strategic sealift planning and operations in the Pacific Theater,” said Capt. Gregory Granieri, commander MSCPAC HQ Det. “Our team went through extensive training prior to RIMPAC 2016, and we have been laser focused on this mission for 18 months. This training and preparation has enabled us to provide a unified, organized level of services in support of the MSC mission. This has been a great opportunity for us and we are proud to have been a part of RIMPAC 2016!”

Six MSC ships, as well as MSC reservists from Military Sealift Command Pacific’s Headquarters Unit, MSCPAC’s Hawaii Detachment, and Expeditionary Port Unit 114, are supporting RIMPAC 2016.

RIMPAC is the world’s largest international maritime exercise. Held bi-annually, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world’s oceans.  RIMPAC 2016 is the 25th exercise in the series that began in 1971.

 

 A Royal Australian Navy MRH-90 helicopter transports supplies from the fleet replenishment oiler USNS Rappahannock (T-AO 204) during Rim of the Pacific 2016.  (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kyle Hafer/Released)

A Royal Australian Navy MRH-90 helicopter transports supplies from the fleet replenishment oiler USNS Rappahannock (T-AO 204) during Rim of the Pacific 2016. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kyle Hafer/Released)

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