The Long Gray Line – Turbo Activation 2019

By Salvatore R. Mercogliano, Ph.D. - On Monday, September 16, 2019, the United States Transportation Command ordered the no-notice activation of 28 out of the 61 ships held in the reserve sealift fleet. This exercise aimed to determine the material readiness of the fleet and whether the commercial merchant marine - the operating companies assigned to manage the vessels and … [Read more...]

Ready or Not, Here Comes the Ready Reserve Force!

By Sal Mercogliano, Ph.D. - In a week punctuated by a drone missile strike on two oil production plants in Abqaiq, Saudi Arabia, the United States Transportation Command on Monday initiated a Large-Scale Sealift Readiness Exercise. As part of its Turbo Activation series which began in 1994, the joint command, located at Scott Air Force Base in southern Illinois, … [Read more...]

Mounts Bay to the Rescue!

Editor's Note: The Royal Navy has announced that RFA Mounts Bay has now completed its 10-day humanitarian mission to the hurricane-hit Bahamas after distributing all of her stores, which included 3,000 ration packs, nearly 100 tonnes of water, over 900 emergency shelter kits, and 1,000 hygiene kits. By Salvatore Mercogliano -- The destruction that has been wrought upon … [Read more...]

One Small Step for Man, One Giant Leap for the Merchant Marine

By Salvatore R. Mercogliano - As we celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of mankind’s first steps upon the lunar surface, many have focused their attention to the heavens, but a key component of the success of that first landing on the Moon resides upon the Earth’s oceans with ships crewed by merchant mariners. Many specials are showcasing the career of Astronaut Neil Armstrong … [Read more...]

It Looks Like We Are Going To Have to Swim For It – The End of the Army’s Navy

Salvatore R. Mercogliano, Ph.D. - In June 1898, an American fleet arrived off the coast of Daiquiri, Cuba.  On board the ships, 16,000 men of the U.S. Army V Corps waited to offload and launch the invasion to liberate Cuba from the Spanish.  The thirty-eight transports came from the coastal and ocean-going merchant marine of the United States. Not since Vera Cruz … [Read more...]