MSC Forms New Unit To Oversee Operations Of Fast Sealift Ships

A new organization, the Fast Sealift Ship Readiness Support Squadron, has been established under the Navy's Military Sealift Command, with headquarters at Naval Station Mayport, Fla. The squadron commander is Capt.

Thomas E. Morin, USN. It will be staffed with two naval officers, three enlisted personnel, and three civilians. They will be responsible for readiness oversight of the first four of the eventual eight Fast Sealift Ships.

Management and operational readiness responsibilities of the squadron will include on-scene direction of ship operations, monitoring of contract operator performance, readiness planning, equipment maintenance inspections, dock and sea trials, shipboard training in port, and hurricane sortie planning and implementation. The staff will also assist MSC Area Commanders with coordinating loadout and ship operations following activation, coordinate employment in major exercises, and oversee training at sea.

Two of the converted SL-7 containerships will be berthed at the Sealift Terminals in Jacksonville, Fla.; the other two will be berthed at Violet Dock Ports near New Orleans.

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