Military Sealift Command (MSC).


The Navy's Military Sealift Command (MSC) provides ocean transportation for DOD cargo to sustain US forces worldwide during peacetime and in war. More than 90 percent of all the equipment and supplies needed to sustain the US military are carried by sea. MSC also operates Naval Fleet Auxiliary Force ships that replenish and support the Navy fleet at sea as well as Special Mission ships that serve as at-sea platforms for various Navy and other federal government agencies.


MSC operates approximately 110 ships on a daily basis and has access to more than 60 additional ships either kept in reduced operating status by MSC or maintained by the US Department of Transportation's Maritime Administration in the Ready Reserve Force. Headquartered in Washington, DC, MSC has a workforce of almost 9000 people and six major subordinate commands worldwide. Military Sealift Fleet Support Command in Norfolk, VA, crews, trains, equips, and maintains MSC's government-owned, government-operated ships around the globe. In addition, five operational commands support the operations of all MSC ships within their areas of responsibility: Sealift Logistics Command Atlantic in Norfolk, VA; Sealift Logistics Command Pacific in San Diego, CA; Sealift Logistics Command Europe in Naples, Italy; Sealift Logistics Command Central in Manama, Bahrain; and Sealift Logistics Command Far East in Singapore.

MSC reports to US Transportation Command at Scott AFB, IL, for DOD transportation matters, providing sealift for combat equipment and humanitarian aid cargo as required.

MSC reports to US Fleet Forces Command in Norfolk, VA, for Navy-unique matters. In this capacity, MSC's Naval Fleet Auxiliary Force ships and Special Mission ships support the Navy's fleet operations worldwide.

MSC reports to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, and Acquisition as a contracting authority and for procurement policy and oversight matters.


MSC continues to move military cargo and supplies used by deployed US and coalition forces, to strategically preposition combat cargo at sea around the world, to conduct specialized missions, and to replenish US Navy ships at sea. The command also operates the Navy's two civilian mariner-crewed hospital ships, which deploy on alternate...

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