Military Sealift Command’s First Female Master Retiring After 36-Year Career

By Sarah Burford (Military Sealift Command Pacific) - On April 3, Military Sealift Command will bid “Fair Winds and Following Seas” to one of its most recognizable employees, Capt. Emigdia Esqueda, or Capt. Amy as most know her. A 36-year employee of MSC, Esqueda pioneered the way for female mariners and became a mentor and role model for many people who sailed with her. She is … [Read more...]

NASSCO Launches One Unsexy Ship On Saturday General Dynamics NASSCO christened the Expeditionary Sea Base USNS Hershel “Woody” Williams, a most unsexy but important US Navy ship.  The ship’s namesake, Hershel “Woody” Williams, a Marine who received the Medal of Honor for his actions in the Battle of Iwo Jima during World War II, spoke at the ceremony. He is the last … [Read more...]

Military Sealift Command’s USNS William McClean Joins Harvey Relief Efforts

The Military Sealift Command's dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS William McLean (T-AKE 12) will join two U.S. Navy warships in the ongoing relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. USNS William McClean got underway on Thursday from Norfolk, Virginia to the Gulf of Mexico, where it will support the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) and the dock landing … [Read more...]

Held Hostage By A Cargo Of Bombs

Most military historians agree about the critical importance and sacrifice of the Merchant Marine of the Allied nations in winning World War Two but very few mention the role civilian ships flying the American flag have played in the wars since. Dr. Salvatore R. Mercogliano, a professor of History at Campbell University and a SUNY Maritime College alumni, has taken the first … [Read more...]

Ship Photos of the Day – MT Maersk Peary Arrives in Antarctica for Annual Resupply

Today's ship photos show the Military Sealift Command-chartered tanker MT Maersk Peary arriving at the McMurdo Station ice-pier in support of the annual supply mission Operation Deep Freeze 2017. Each year Maersk Peary delivers 100 percent of the fuel needed for station operations over the next year. The arrival of the tanker follows the MSC chartered ship MV Ocean … [Read more...]