Military Sealift Command Chartered Ships Complete Operation Deep Freeze Resupply Mission

The following blog post is the fourth in a series highlighting MSC’s role in Operation Deep Freeze (ODF) 2017. The purpose of ODF is to provide logistical support to the U.S. Antarctic Program via Department of Defense assets. MSC has supported ODF since McMurdo Station was established in 1955, providing supplies and fuel to scientists operating from the remote base

Military Sealift Command ships have completed their resupply mission to Antarctica and their support of Operation Deep Freeze 2017.

MSC chartered ship MT Maersk Peary competed its offload of nearly 6 million gallons of diesel and jet fuel at the McMurdo Station ice-pier yesterday, departing after nearly a week of around-the-clock operations. The ship delivered 4.5  million gallons of diesel fuel, 1 million gallons of gasoline and 500,000 gallons of jet fuel; 100 percent of the fuel needed for the year.


Military Sealift Command chartered ship MT Maersk Peary departs the McMurdo Station, Antarctica ice-pier concluding MSC's support of Operation Deep Freeze 2017.

Military Sealift Command chartered ship MT Maersk Peary departs the McMurdo Station, Antarctica ice-pier concluding MSC’s support of Operation Deep Freeze 2017.


Maersk Peary followed the MSC chartered ship MV Ocean Giant at the ice-pier.   Ocean Giant completed its mission last week, delivering nearly 7 million pounds of supplies such as frozen and dry food stores, building materials, vehicles, and electronic equipment and parts; 80 percent of the supplies needed for the winter-over period.  Following its off load, Ocean Giant was loaded with retrograde cargo for transportation off the continent, including ice core samples carried back to the United States in sub-zero freezer containers, as well as trash and recyclable materials for disposal and equipment no longer required on station.  The ship will conduct offloads of these items in Port Hueneme, Calif., in March.


“We have had a good mission this year,” said Dave Coulter, Military Sealift Command Pacific Sealift/Preposition Ship team lead. “The combination of the good weather and the professionalism of the members of Cargo Handling Battalion One and the ships’ crews have really made this year a success, with no incidents and no injuries.  It proves once again that MSC delivers!  We are all proud to been a part of the mission.”


Operation Deep Freeze is a joint service, on-going Defense Support to Civilian Authorities activity in support of the National Science Foundation (NSF), lead agency for the United States Antarctic Program. Mission support consists of active duty, Guard and Reserve personnel from the U.S. Air Force, Navy, Army, and Coast Guard as well as Department of Defense civilians and attached non-DOD civilians. ODF operates from two primary locations situated at Christchurch, New Zealand and McMurdo Station, Antarctica.


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