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210616-N-NO748-1048 GULF OF ADEN (June 16, 2021) Sailors assigned to Embarked Security Intelligence Team 11, deployed with Commander, Task Force (CTF) 56 and Merchant Mariners from the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Patuxent (T-AO 201), approach a vessel in distress during rescue operations in the Gulf of Aden, June 16. Patuxent is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean and Pacific through the Western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points. (U.S. Navy photo)

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Gilday, joined Chief of Navy Reserve (CNR) Vice Adm. John Mustin, to introduce a four-part video series on the Navy Reserve Fighting Instructions (NRFI).

African Lion 2021; USS Hershel “Woody” Williams (ESB 4)

Crew members of a motor vessel Falcon Line climb aboard the Military Sealift Command (MSC) fleet replenishment oiler USNS Patuxent (T-AO 201) during rescue operations in the Gulf of Aden, June 8.

While steaming in a formation near Guam, USNS Montford Point employs their hose, a pre-planned response, which it might use during convoy operations. Pictured from left are: a Coastal Riverine Group 1’s mark VI boat, USNS Montford Point (T-ESD 1), U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Myrtle Hazard (WPC-1139), USNS Red Cloud (T-AKR 313), USNS Watkins (T-AKR 315), and in the air, an MH-60R from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25.

Ship in the Spotlight

Ship In the Spotlight
This week help us recognize the crew of our fleet replenishment oiler USNS Guadalupe (T-AO 200) who recently completed their support of joint training exercise, Northern Edge 2021, in the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex.

During the month-long exercise, Guadalupe provided logistics services to the USS Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group, and the USS MAKIN ISLAND (LHD 8) Amphibious Ready Group, delivering 587 pallets of food and provisions, as well as over 3.5 million gallons of diesel ship fuel and nearly 1.7 million gallons of aviation fuel via 16 replenishments at sea.

Northern Edge 2021 is a joint training exercise led by Headquarters Pacific Air Forces, scheduled on and above central Alaska ranges and the Gulf of Alaska. Northern Edge is one in a series of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command exercises in 2021 that prepares joint forces to respond to crises in the Indo-Pacific.

Named for the Guadalupe River in Texas, USNS Guadalupe entered service with MSC in 1992.

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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