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he Spearhead-class expeditionary fast transport ship USNS Burlington (T-EPF-10) conducts a maritime interdiction exercise with Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard patrol ships TTS Carli Bay (CG 28) and TTS Scarborough (CG 42), Sept. 15, 2021.

Norma Pillman has dedicated her entire 40-year career to serving the U.S. Government, the last 24 with Military Sealift Command.

(Aug 31, 2021) Capt. Daniel Prochazka, commanding officer of the Blue Ridge-class command and control ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) salutes Vice Adm. Gene Black, commander, U.S. Sixth Fleet, during the ship’s change of command in San Giorgio Del Porto in Genoa, Italy, August, 31, 2021. Mount Whitney, the U.S. Sixth Fleet flagship, homeported in Gaeta, Italy entered its regularly scheduled overhaul to make improvements in order to increase the security and stability of the U.S. Sixth Fleet area of operations.

Military Sealift Command in the Atlantic (MSCLANT) changed hands when Navy Capt. Daniel E. Broadhurst relieved Navy Capt. Janice G. Smith as commodore of Norfolk-based Military Sealift Command Atlantic during a change of command ceremony held aboard USNS Comfort at Naval Station Norfolk, August 27, 2021

Brazilian Navy frigate Independencia (F-44) executes a maneuver on the port side of the Expeditionary Sea Base USS Hershel "Woody" Williams (ESB 4) during maneuvering drills, Aug. 22, 2021. Hershel "Woody" Williams is conducting a maritime security capability exercise to build on its existing partnership with the Brazilian Navy and joint interoperability operations with allies and partners during a scheduled deployment in the U.S. Sixth Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national interests and security in Europe and Africa.

An MH-60R Seahawk helicopter, assigned “Easyriders” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 37 delivers cargo to the Spearhead-class expeditionary fast transport USNS Burlington (T-EPF-10) Dec. 10, 2020.

Capt. Janice G. Smith, Commodore, Military Sealift Command Atlantic, presents the Armed Forces Civilian Service Medal to Capt. Andrew Lindey, master of USNS Comfort.

From left, Maine Maritime Academy Cadets Matthew Chase and Elizabeth Labbe, Third Officer Alexander Huff and Second Officer Todd Hollingworth, along with Third Officer Richard Leach, standing, participate in bridge resource management aboard USNS Tippecanoe (T-AO 199) while in port Guam, June 25-27.

U.S. Marines with 1st Landing Support Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics Group and U.S. Navy Sailors from the USNS Dahl (T-AKR 312) offload equipment from the USNS Dahl (T-AKR 312)as part of Exercise Freedom Banner at Naval Base Guam Aug. 1, 2021.

Ship in the Spotlight

Ship In the Spotlight This week help us recognize the Civil Service Mariner and Navy crews, as well as the embarked Marines, of expeditionary sea base USS Hershel "Woody" Williams (ESB 4) for their participation in the multinational exercise, GUINEX-I, in late August. Designed and led by Brazil, the U.S. participated after receiving an invitation to help showcase the importance of maritime security for partner nations in the region.

The Brazilian Frigate Independência (F44) and USS Hershel "Woody" Williams (ESB 4) participated in multinational training designed to enhance partnerships with countries in west and central Africa as well as with other countries interested in regional maritime security. This exercise enables the Brazilian Navy and Marine Corps to provide training and assistance to other navies and marine corps in the region with a focus on building capacity to combat piracy and other illicit maritime activities.

"These days when we talk about maritime security, we need to address interoperability; and to improve interoperability, joint exercises are essential," said Cmdr. Thiago Lopes de Silva, Brazilian liaison officer to U.S. Marine Corps Forces, South. "For sure, GUINEX-I is a great opportunity for the development of maritime security, not only for the countries involved, but for the entire Gulf of Guinea region."

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Blast From the Past

Blast From the Past
USNS Longview (T-AGM 3) was a Longview-class missile range instrumentation ship which was converted to use as a missile tracking ship operating in the Pacific Ocean.

Longview was originally named SS Haiti Victory (T-AGM 238) and operated as a Greenville-class cargo Victory ship in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans during World War II. Haiti Victory (T-AK 238) was laid down under U.S. Maritime Commission contract by Permanente Metals Corporation, Richmond, California, on April 22, 1944. The ship was launched on July 20, 1944and delivered to the War Shipping Administration on Sept. 18, 1944.

In 1950, Haiti Victory was assigned to the Military Sea Transportation Service for cargo operations in the Atlantic Ocean, and became the first ship to recover a space vehicle from orbit. On Aug. 11, 1960, a helicopter from the ship retrieved a 300-pound capsule that was launched into orbit the previous day by a Thor-Agena rocket as part of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Corona spy satellite project.

Haiti Victory was renamed Longview and re-classified T-AGM 3 in November 1960, and continued operations in the Pacific supporting the U.S. space program.

(Pictured: USNS Longview underway, May 1970)
 
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