SHIP IN THE SPOTLIGHT: This week help us recognize our surge sealift ship USNS Dahl!
USNS Dahl (T-AKR 312) and her crew recently assisted a vessel in distress and suffering an engineering casualty approximately 75 miles off the U.S. east coast. After notifying the U.S. Coast Guard, USNS Dahl diverted to render assistance. Mariners aboard USNS Dahl were able to safely lower parts to the disabled vessel and ensured that she was able to re-start her engines and make way back to port. #UnitedWeSail
Military Sealift Command charter ship MT Empire State conducted mooring operations at the PAR Hawaii single point mooring (SPM) terminal off the coast of Barbers Point, Hawaii, April 10 and 11. The operation was part of a proof of concept for the expeditionary fueling at sea program.
Utilizing commercial tug boats and exceptional ship handling, Empire State moored to the SPM and received fuel hoses. A tug connected to the stern of the ship, ensured the tanker ship stayed in line with the 50 foot SPM, for the 24 hours the ship was at moor. Future operations will include the transfer of fuel. This was the first time an MSC ship has utilized the Par Hawaii SPM. According to Par Hawaii, an average of 70 commercial ships us the SMP per year.
Located nearly two miles off the coast, the SPM is an alternative option for large tanker ships who are unable to utilize the commercial fuel pier due to size or availability. The 263 ton SPM is connected to the sea floor and to three pipelines from the Kapolei Refinery located 27 miles away on the island of Oahu. The SPM is able to transfer crude oil, clean oil, and bunker fuel oil used in most ships.
this week we are spotlighting USNS City of Bismarck (T-EPF 9) who successfully completed the first phase walk through for their Final Contracting Trial (FCT) last week in preparation for the final phase of FCT, scheduled for later this spring ensuring all contractual obligations are met by shipbuilder. USNS City of Bismarck crew also hosted nearly 70 residents of Bismarck, North Dakota, (the ship's namesake) this week. City officials, delegates and family members got the opportunity to meet and greet the ship's master, crewmembers and explore the inside of MSC's latest EPF.
JUST ANNOUNCED: Two MSC ships will take part in Fleet Week New York 2018! #UnitedWeSail
Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO 187), sends dry supplies to San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS Anchorage (LPD 23), during an underway replenishment off the coast of Southern California, while conducting an amphibious squadron and 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) integration (PMINT) exercise. PMINT is a training evolution between Essex Amphibious Ready Group and 13th MEU, which allows Sailors and Marines to train as a cohesive unit in preparation for their upcoming deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brandon Williams-Church/Released)
SHIP IN THE SPOTLIGHT: This week help us recognize our Blue Ridge-class command and control ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20)!
USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) recently completed Exercise Obangame Express 2018, the largest regional maritime exercise in West Africa. Obangame Express is sponsored by U.S. Africa Command and focuses on countering the trafficking of illegal arms and drugs, human trafficking, illegal migration, piracy, and illegal fishing.
The goals of Obangame Express are to provide participating maritime forces the opportunity to work together and share information, as well as refine tactics, techniques, and procedures in order to assist Gulf of Guinea nations with monitoring their territorial waters and exclusive economic zones. The exercise took place from March 21-29, and encompassed an in-port Command Post Exercise and an underway Field Training Exercise. #UnitedWeSail