Voyage Plan and Navigation Track update

From Commander, Military Sealift Command

Voyage Plan and Navigation Track update

At the start of every year we review our strategic documents, Voyage Plan and Navigation Track. The Voyage Plan is our visioning document. It is a roadmap that keeps us moving in the right direction and includes our vision, mission, pillars of our organization, strategic themes and our guiding principles.

This year, our review was informed by the recent release of the Chief of Naval Operations’ “A Design for Maintaining Maritime Superiority” version 2.0 and an accompanying Navy Strategy document. Like last year, this annual review was completed by staff members from across the headquarters organization and was focused on ensuring alignment with the messaging and directives from the Chief of Naval Operations, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Secretary of Defense.

Our review confirmed that we are headed in the right direction and our end state remains the same: to be the nation’s premier maritime transportation organization. Our review further confirmed the joint warfighter depends on us to provide on-time logistics, strategic sealift, as well as specialized missions anywhere in the world, under any conditions, 24/7, 365 days a year. We are the only organization to accomplish this “no fail” mission.

At the bottom of each page in the Voyage Plan, we added a brief maxim that captures the spirit of each section. The four statements, when combined together, summarize our cultural beliefs. At MSC:

— Warfighting success defines us.

— Victory is teamwork fulfilled.

— Sustaining greatness in a changing world.

— Inspire and empower excellence.

We have nearly completed our annual review of Navigation Track, the document that provides operational and tactical direction and guides our daily work. An updated version will be released later this month, and we should be proud of what we’ve accomplished as a team over the past two and a half years!

The work we do is not easy and requires our best effort. I offer my sincere appreciation for the dedication and the energy each member of our great team contributes to ensure MSC remains relevant despite the challenges of this uncertain world.

United We Sail,

Rear Adm. Dee L. Mewbourne, USN

Commander, Military Sealift Command

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