USS Boxer Tanked by MSC at Sea

04/15/2016:  PACIFIC OCEAN (Feb. 21, 2016) Amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) conducts a replenishment-at-sea with fleet replenishment oiler USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO 187) during an underway replenishment. Credit: Navy Public Affairs Support Element West:2/21/16    

Military Sealift Command Builds for the Future

2012-08-23 In a wide-ranging interview with Christopher Thayer, Director, Contractor Operated Ships, Military Sealift Command, the role of his Directorate in the re-structured MSC was discussed as well as a new asset coming into the MSC fleet, the Joint High Speed Vessel. Mr. Thayer was appointed as the Director, Contractor…

Sustaining a Forward Presence: The Military Sealift Command

by Robbin Laird In a series of articles for AOL Defense, I am going to look at several elements of re-shaping U.S. forces to enable an Asian pivot.  And intend to look at several neglected aspects of a sustainable power projection force for the 21st century. The U.S. can afford…

Admiral “Buz” Buzby on the Military Sealift Command: Providing Global Support for Forward Deployment

5/5/2012 The Military Sealift Command is not the most visible element of the USN-USMC team, unless you are at sea and need their support.  Whether support directly from the ships or from the air assets they fly to provide for vertical replenishment, the more than 100 MSC ships are the…

The Military Sealift Command Plays the Fountain of Youth Role: The Ponce Back to Sea

4/24/12 The USS Ponce (LPD-15) was launched on 20 May 1970. It was last in action off of the coast of Libya and was a member of the ARG-MEU, which was part of the transformation evident in the air operations off the shores of Tripoli. She faced the end of…

TAK-ING the Supply Ship to a Whole Other Level

Second Line of Defense visited the USNS Robert E. Peary (T-AKE 5) while it was in port in Norfolk. The ship caught our eye while we were covering Bold Alligator 2012 because of the first operational engagement of an Osprey aboard a T-AKE ship.  We will publish shortly an interview…