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Rear Adm. Michael Wettlaufer, Commander, Military Sealift Command (right) and Command Master Chief Theron Fisher, Military Sealift Command's Command Master Chief (left), pose for a photograph with U.S. Navy medical personnel after receiving their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccination at the Sewell's Point Branch Medical Clinic in Norfolk, Va., Jan. 4, 2021.

TSUSHIMA STRAIT (Dec. 15, 2020) - The Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Alan Shepard (T-AKE 3) conducts routine operations during a freedom of navigation operation in the vicinity of the Tsushima Strait. The ship conducted normal operations within Japan’s claimed territorial seas to challenge excessive maritime claims and preserve access and navigational freedoms consistent with international law. U.S. 7th Fleet conducts forward-deployed naval operations in support of U.S. national interests in the Indo-Pacific area of operations

Airmen assigned to the 313th Expeditionary Operations Support Squadron transfer a COVID-19 patient following the first-ever operational use of the Negatively Pressurized Conex to transport 12 COVID-19 patients aboard a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, July 1, 2020. The NPC is the latest isolated containment chamber developed to transport up to 28 individuals with infectious diseases. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class John R. Wright)

USS Hershel "Woody" Williams (ESB 4); Tunisian Navy OPV Sophonisbe (P613)

Ensigns Brandon Gotha and Forrest Plumer earned their Strategic Sealift Officer warfare device presented by Lt. Cmdr. Joe Kerley.

Sailors aboard the expeditionary fast transport ship USNS Millinocket (T-EPF 3) navigate the ship from the bridge.

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 is supporting ships of the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group in Commander, U.S. Third Fleet.

After loading up with provisions, fuel and mail at Naval Supply Systems Command Fleet Logistics Center Pearl Harbor, Guadalupe's crew conducted replenishments at sea with the Carrier Strike Group's Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 52), and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Russell (DDG 59) and USS John Finn (DDG 113).

The Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group is on a scheduled deployment conducting routine operations in the U.S. 3rd Fleet area of operations.

Blast From the Past

Blast From the Past
The Sealift class tankers served Military Sealift Command from 1975 to 1995.

The nine ships were the USNS Sealift Atlantic (T-AOT 172), USNS Sealift Pacific (T-AOT 168) USNS Sealift Arabian Sea (T-AOT 169), USNS Sealift China Sea (T-AOT 170), USNS Sealift Indian Ocean (T-AOT 171), USNS Sealift Mediterranean (T-AOT 173), USNS Sealift Caribbean (T-AOT 174), USNS Sealift Arctic (T-AOT 175) and the USNS Sealift Antarctic (T-AOT 176).

The Sealift tankers served MSC for 20 years, providing logistical support to the fleet including Operation Desert Storm. In June 1983, USNS Sealift Indian Ocean rescued 88 people adrift in a small boat 240 miles south of Ho Chi Minh City.

(Pictured: USNS Sealift Arabian Sea (T-AOT 169), 1980s)
 
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