MSC Delivers: Service Support #Warfighting Support

October is #WARFIGHTING month, and Military Sealift Command works 24/7 to operate the ships that sustain our warfighting forces worldwide. The following post is the fourth in a series highlighting each of MSC’s five ship programs and their vital missions.

 MSC’s 15 Service Support Program ships provide the Navy with a broad range of capabilities that support warfighters. These ships do jobs that others just can’t; towing a decommissioned aircraft carrier, serving as a stable platform for Navy divers and even providing U.S. 6th Fleet an effective command and control flagship, which comes in handy for operations like Odyssey Dawn in Libya. And, MSC’s two hospital ships have been beacons of hope for tens of thousands of people around the globe.

Four ships – two submarine tenders, the U.S. 6th Fleet flagship USS Mount Whitney and the Navy’s first Afloat Forward Staging Base (Interim) – have unique combined crews of civil service mariners and uniformed Navy personnel, all working under the leadership of a U.S. Navy captain. CIVMARs perform navigation, deck, engineering, laundry and galley service operations while military personnel aboard support communications, weapons systems and security.

Together, the CIVMAR- and combined-crewed ships of the Service Support Program tackle tough missions that enhance military warfighting capabilities worldwide.

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