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Sal Mercogliano

Salvatore R. Mercogliano is an associate professor of History at Campbell University in Buies Creek, North Carolina and teaches courses in World Maritime History and Maritime Security. He is also an adjunct professor with the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and offers a graduate level course in Maritime Industry Policy. A former merchant mariner, he sailed and worked ashore for the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command. His book, Fourth Arm of Defense: Sealift and Maritime Logistics in the Vietnam War, available through the Naval History and Heritage Command.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019
NORFOLK (Sept. 21, 2019) Military Sealift Command large, medium-speed roll-on/roll-off (LMSR) vessel USNS Benavidez (T-AKR 306), departs Lamberts Point Shipyard alongside USNS Mendonca (T-AKR 303) for Turbo Activation 2019. U.S. Navy photo/Released
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Turbo Activation – A Sealift Surge, or just a Trickle?

By Salvatore R. Mercogliano, Ph.D.  – In September, gCaptain reported on Turbo Activation 19-Plus, US Transportation Command’s largest peacetime

December 31, 2019
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Monday, September 23, 2019
The Long Gray Line – Turbo Activation 2019

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

September 23, 2019
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Wednesday, September 18, 2019
U.S. Transportation Command turbo activation

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

September 18, 2019
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Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Mounts Bay to the Rescue!

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

September 11, 2019
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Sunday, July 21, 2019
apollo 11 bootprint

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

July 21, 2019
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Friday, July 12, 2019
It Looks Like We Are Going To Have to Swim For It – The End of the Army’s Navy
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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

July 12, 2019
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Friday, June 14, 2019
front altair oil tanker is seen after it was attacked at the Gulf of Oman
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The Tanker War, Part II: A Historical Perspective

By Sal R. Mercogliano – The June 13, 2019 attacks on MV Front Altair and MV Kokuka Courageous, following the assault on four tankers at the anchorage of

June 14, 2019
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Wednesday, May 22, 2019
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On National Maritime Day, Where is the U.S. Merchant Marine?

May 22 is National Maritime Day in the United States.  Initiated by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1933, it commemorates the sailing of the

May 22, 2019
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Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Stock photo of an lng carrier at sunset
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To Waive or Not To Waive, that is the Jones Act Question?

By Salvatore R. Mercogliano, Ph.D. – Maritime news hubs and trade associations are abuzz with rumors that the Trump Administration is

April 30, 2019
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Wednesday, December 5, 2018
jones act vessel
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CATO’s Continued Attempt to Skin the Jones Act

On December 6, 2018, the CATO Institute is hosting a conference, entitled – “The Jones Act: Charting a new Course after a Century of Failure”. This forum

December 5, 2018
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Saturday, November 3, 2018
gCaptain Bookshelf – Review of Maritime Transport 2018?

gCaptain Bookshelf – Review of Maritime Transport 2018?

by Salvatore R. Mercogliano, Ph.D. (gCaptain) Many members of the maritime industry enter the profession without an adequate knowledge of what preceded it and

November 3, 2018
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Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Why the United States Needs a Merchant Marine – A Historical Basis
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Why the United States Needs a Merchant Marine – A Historical Basis

  By Salvatore R. Mercogliano, Ph.D. (Editorial) In 1917, President Woodrow Wilson addressed Congress and delivered a war message. In this speech he

October 23, 2018
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Sunday, September 9, 2018

The Jones Act And Duncan Hunter – A Rebuttal

by Salvatore R. Mercogliano (Editorial) Opponents of the American Maritime Industry and the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, known as the Jones Act, have new

September 9, 2018
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