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Military Sealift Command’s fleet ocean tug USNS Sioux (T-ATF 171) departs Pearl Harbor with the decommissioned Navy
Oliver Hazzard Perry class frigate Ex-McClusky. The tow is the second for Sioux, who is conducting the tow in support of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2018 operations, delivering targets for at-sea live fire exercises.

Over 36 hours, Sioux will travel to deliver Ex-McClusky to the designated target area in preparation for sinking exercise (SINKEX).

Twenty-five nations, 46 surface ships, five submarines, 18 national land forces, more than 200 aircraft, and 25,000 personnel will participate in the biennial RIMPAC exercise scheduled June 27 to Aug. 2. This year's exercise includes forces from Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, the Republic of Korea, the Republic of the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tonga, the United Kingdom, the United States and Vietnam.

As the world's largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity designed to foster and sustain cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world's interconnected oceans. RIMPAC 2018 is the 26th exercise in the series that began in 1971.

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Military Sealift Command ships USNS Carl Brashear (T-AKE 7), USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE 10), USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO 187) and USNS Rappahannock (T-AO 204) are conducting underway repleshiments as part of MSC's ongoing support of the multi-national maritime exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2018. In addition to the U.S. Navy ships participating, MSC ships are providing logisitcs services to the 24 other participating as well as to the U.S. Coast Guard.

Twenty-five nations, 46 ships and five submarines, and about 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 27 to Aug. 2 in and around the Hawaiian Island and Southern California. The world’s largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity while fostering and sustaining cooperative relationships among the participants critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world’s oceans. RIMPAC 2018 is the 26th exercise in the series that began in 1971.

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JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii -The Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) conducted a humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) exercise on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam July 11-13, as part of MSC’s ongoing participation with the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise.

This year marks the second time Mercy has participated in a HADR at RIMPAC. In early exercises that featured a HADR piece, operations were carried out in a conference room, in a tabletop scenario. Mercy’s physical presence in Hawaii at RIMPAC provides a unique opportunity to get the HADR aspect of the exercise off the table top and into a real-world scenario.

The HADR scenario featured the fictional nation of Griffon and the national disaster situation found in the aftermath of a 7.1 earthquake and a follow-on tsunami. Victims of the disaster were brought to a field treatment area for assessment and triage. Many of these patients were then transported to Mercy either by U.S. Coast Guard helicopter or by small boats from the Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf (WMSL 750) and Japanese Maritime Defense Force destroyer helicopter ship JS Isi (DDH 182). Once onboard, the military treatment facility (MTF) conducted assessment and treatment protocols that included chemical decontamination and orthopedic injuries.

According to Capt. Brian Mershon, Mercy’s civil service master, while the MTF tested its skills, Mercy’s civil service mariner crew played a major role in the exercise, delivering the ship to the exercise area, conducting flight and small boat operations, all that ensured patients made it safely to the ship for medical care. In addition, the approximately 70 civil service mariners who crew the ship, navigated, conducted ship handling and technical maneuvering while underway, provided the fresh water and electricity needed to run the shipboard hospital and to support the mission personnel living and working aboard.

Twenty-five nations, 46 surface ships, five submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in the biennial RIMPAC exercise June 27 to Aug. 2.
This year's exercise includes forces from Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, the Republic of Korea, the Republic of the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tonga, the United Kingdom, the United States and Vietnam.

As the world's largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity designed to foster and sustain cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world's interconnected oceans. RIMPAC 2018 is the 26th exercise in the series that began in 1971.

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SHIP IN THE SPOTLIGHT: This week help us recognize our expeditionary sea base, USNS Hershel “Woody” Williams!

USNS Hershel “Woody” Williams (T-ESB 4) recently arrived at Naval Station after successfully completing her 15,000 nautical mile maiden voyage from San Diego, California. The 784ft.-long vessel features a 52,000 square-foot flight deck, fuel and equipment storage, repair spaces, magazines, and mission-planning spaces. Able to accommodate up to 250 personnel, USNS Hershel “Woody” Williams will support multiple missions, such as air mine counter measures, counter-piracy operations, maritime security operations, humanitarian aid and disaster relief missions and crisis response operations. The ship has hybrid-manned crew with a combination of military personnel and civilian mariners.

USNS Hershel “Woody” Williams is named after the last surviving Medal of Honor recipient from the Battle of Iwo Jima. #UnitedWeSail

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Military Sealift Command’s fleet ocean tug USNS Sioux (T-ATF 171) departs Pearl Harbor with the decommissioned Navy landing ship-tank Ex-Racine. Sioux is conducting the tow in support of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2018.. operations, delivering targets for at-sea live fire exercises.

Sioux will deliver Ex-Racine to the designated target area in preparation for sinking exercises (SINKEX).

Twenty-five nations, 46 surface ships, five submarines, 18 national land forces, more than 200 aircraft, and 25,000 personnel will participate in the biennial RIMPAC exercise scheduled June 27 to Aug. 2.
This year's exercise includes forces from Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, the Republic of Korea, the Republic of the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tonga, the United Kingdom, the United States and Vietnam.

As the world's largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity designed to foster and sustain cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world's interconnected oceans. RIMPAC 2018 is the 26th exercise in the series that began in 1971.

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EXPEDITIONARY SEA BASE: The U.S. Navy's newest expeditionary sea base (ESB), USNS Hershel "Woody" Williams (T-ESB 4), arrived at Naval Station Norfolk today after completing her maiden voyage from San Diego, California.

USNS Hershel "Woody" Williams was delivered to the U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command in February 2018 and is the Navy's second, purpose-built ESB.

The 784ft.-long vessel features a 52,000 square-foot flight deck, fuel and equipment storage, repair spaces, magazines, and mission-planning spaces. Able to accommodate up to 250 personnel, USNS Hershel "Woody" Williams will support multiple missions, such as air mine counter measures, counter-piracy operations, maritime security operations, and crisis response operations. The ship has hybrid-manned crew with a combination of military personnel and civilian mariners.

USNS Hershel "Woody" Williams is named after the last surviving Medal of Honor recipient from the Battle of Iwo Jima. #UnitedWeSail

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SHIP IN THE SPOTLIGHT: This week help us recognize our expeditionary fast transport USNS Spearhead!

USNS Spearhead (T-EPF 1) successfully completed the first-in-class Ships Material Assessment and Readiness Testing (SMART) inspection. MSC ships undergo a SMART inspection every five years to ensure their material conditions meet the standards required to qualify the vessels as operationally ready. Spearhead is the first ship in the EPF class to undergo the SMART inspection which lasted seven days and culminated in an at-sea demonstration of its material readiness. #UnitedWeSail

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Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) arrives at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in preparation for the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2018 exercise. Twenty-five nations, 46 ships, five submarines, about 200 aircraft, and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 27 to Aug. 2 in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. The world's largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity while fostering and sustaining cooperative relationships among participants critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security of the world's oceans. RIMPAC 2018 is the 26th exercise in the series that began in 1971. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist 1st Class John Herman/Released)

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