MSC: Worldwide and mission ready

Every day, the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command operates forward to support our nation’s warfighters. More than 9,500 dedicated men and women – afloat and ashore – help deliver critical supplies and conduct specialized missions across the world’s oceans. Here’s a snapshot of our stories August 22-30, including Joint-Logistics-Over-the-Shore off the coast of Virginia, and USS Ponce in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations.

PHILLIPINE SEA (Aug. 24, 2012) Quartermaster 2nd Class Kenetria Benton, from Longview, Texas, left, waves a guide flag on the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) before a replenishment at sea with the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Tippecanoe (T-AO 199). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Brian H. Abel/Released)

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (Aug. 22, 2012) A Sailor assigned to U.S. Navy Cargo Handling Battalion (NCHB) 1 watches as a military vehicle is transported by crane from the deck of the Military Sealift Command large, medium-speed roll-on/roll-off ship USNS PFC Eugene A. Obregon (T-AK 3006). Eugene A. Obregon is the primary cargo platform for a joint-logistics-over-the-shore (JLOTS) exercise August 12 through 26 off the coast of Virginia Beach, Va. The exercise demonstrates the ability to transport equipment and supplies from a cargo ship at sea, even when no useable port facilities exist. (U.S. Navy photo by Jessica F. Alexander/Released)

U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Aug. 26, 2012) A contractor aboard Afloat Forward Staging Base (Interim) USS Ponce (AFSB(I) 15) prepares a Scan Eagle unmanned aerial vehicle launch. Scan Eagle is an unmanned aerial vehicle system designed to provide multiple surveillance, reconnaissance data, and battlefield damage assessment missions. Ponce, formerly designated as an amphibious transport dock ship, was converted and reclassified in April to fulfill a long-standing U.S. Central Command request for an AFSB to be located in its area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Toni Burton/Released)

DOUALA, Cameroon (Aug. 26, 2012) A Cameroonian navy sailor watches High Speed Vessel Swift (HSV) 2 pull up pierside to its berth at Port of Douala. Swift is in port to provide support for Africa Partnership Station West 2012. Africa Partnership Station is an international security cooperation initiative intended to strengthen global maritime partnerships through training and collaborative activities to improve maritime safety and security in Africa. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Cmdr. Suzanna Brugler/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 30, 2012) Sailors aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell (DDG 85) prepare to take on fuel as the ship approaches the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS John Ericsson (T-AO-194) for a replenishment at sea. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Declan Barnes/Released)

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