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Chartered by U.S. Navy Military Sealift Command, heavy lift container ship MV SLNC Magothy arrived Naval Station Norfolk on July 16 in support of Pacer Goose Sustainment 2021, an annual resupply mission to move a year’s worth of sustainment material into Thule Air Force Base in Greenland, located 750 miles north of the Arctic Circle

Rear Adm. Michael Wettlaufer, Commander, Military Sealift Command, speaks during the christening ceremony of the fleet replenishment oiler USNS John Lewis.

Two ships move together while one delivers fuel to the other.

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.

Ship in the Spotlight

Ship In the Spotlight
This week help us recognize the crew of USNS Fisher who delivered more than 150 pieces of equipment, including aircraft and ground vehicles, to MCAS Iwakuni in support of Orient Shield 21-2.

Orient Shield is the largest field training exercise between the U.S. Army and Japanese Ground Self Defense Force, whose contributions of the joint U.S. military community are crucial to fueling mission success and bilateral interoperability.

Fisher's arrival marks the first time a LMSR has ever been called to port with U.S. Army equipment in mainland Japan, and underscores both countries' shared vision of peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific.

Orient Shield is the largest U.S. Army and Japan Ground Self Defense Force bilateral field training exercise being executed in various locations throughout Japan to enhance interoperability and test and refine multi-domain and cross-domain operations.

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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