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 what we’re doing. 

PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 5, 2012) An SH-60 Sea Hawk helicopter from the “Warlords” of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Light (HSL) 51 picks up supplies from the flight deck of Military Sealift Command’s fleet replenishment oiler USNS John Ericsson (T-AO 194) during an underway replenishment with the forward deployed Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Cowpens (CG 63). Cowpens is part of the George Washington Carrier Strike Group, the US Navy’s only forward deployed carrier strike group based out of Yokosuka, Japan and is currently conducting a routine Western Pacific patrol. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Paul Kelly)

SUBIC BAY, Philippines (Sept. 03, 2012) Military Sealift Command Chief Mate John Longo, commanding officer Capt. Pete Hildreth and harbor pilot E.G. Llana direct the submarine tender USS Frank Cable (AS 40) while preparing to moor alongside Alava Pier for a routine port visit. Frank Cable conducts maintenance and support of submarine and surface vessels deployed in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jason C. Swink)

PEARL HARBOR (Sept. 2, 2012) Chief Musician Nathan Bissell reunites with his wife and friends after completing Pacific Partnership 2012. Mercy is in Pearl Harbor to drop off several partner nations and other crew on its way back to San Diego after the completion of Pacific Partnership 2012. Now in its seventh year, Pacific Partnership is an annual U.S. Pacific Fleet humanitarian and civic assistance mission U.S. military, host and partner nations, non-governmental organizations and international agencies designed to build stronger relationships and disaster response capabilities in the Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Roadell Hickman)

PHILIPPINE SEA (Sept. 4, 2012) Sailors from the deck department aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Tortuga (LSD 46) steady a line connected to the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Pecos (T-AO 197) during a replenishment operation. The amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), in the distance, also participates in the replenishment at sea. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Chelsea Mandello)