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US Navy Military Sealift Command MSC Seal / Podium Plaque

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The US Navy Military Sealift Command Seal makes a wonderful gift, addition to your memorabilia collection or a special retirement present. It is hand carved and painted from solid mahogany which has been treated and kiln dried to avoid warping and twisting. It is available in multiple sizes as standard but we can make any changes or modifications that you need. Our staff have been specially trained to help you with any questions or design issues that you might have. Call us toll free on 1-877-543-6094.

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US Navy Military Sealift Command


The mission of Military Sealift Command is to provide ocean transportation of equipment, fuel, supplies and ammunition to sustain U.S. forces worldwide during peacetime and in war for as long as operational requirements dictate. During a war, more than 95 percent of all equipment and supplies needed to sustain the U.S. military is carried by sea.

MSC provides the sea transportation component for the United States Transportation Command.

Recent crises have reinforced the vital role of Military Sealift Command as a major contributor in the execution of U.S. national strategy. The command operates ships that provide combat logistics support to U.S. Navy ships at sea; special mission support to U.S. government agencies; prepositioning of U.S. military supplies and equipment at sea; and ocean transportation of Department of Defense cargo in both peacetime and war.


During World War II, four separate government agencies controlled sea transportation. In 1949, the Military Sea Transportation Service, renamed Military Sealift Command in 1970, became the single managing agency for the Department of Defense's ocean transportation needs. The command assumed responsibility for providing sealift and ocean transportation for all military services as well as for other government agencies.

Only nine months after it's creation, MSC, then named MSTS, responded to the challenge of the Korean War. On July 6, 1950, only eleven days after the initial invasion of South Korea by communist North Korean troops, MSTS deployed the 24th infantry division for duty in Japan to Pusan, South Korea. In addition to transporting troops and combat equipment to and from Korea, command ships supplied U.S. bases and Distant Early Warning line construction sites and supported U.S. nation building efforts in from Europe and Africa to the Far East.

The 1960s brought the conflict in Southeast Asia. From 1965 to 1969 MSC moved almost 54 million tons of combat equipment and supplies and almost 8 million long tons of fuel to Vietnam. The Vietnam era also marked the last use of MSC troop ships. Now, most U.S. troops move primarily by air.

Through the 1970s and 1980s MSC provided the Department of Defense with ocean transportation as part of U.S. determent efforts during the Cold War years.

During the first Persian Gulf War, consisting of Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm, MSC distinguished itself as the largest source of defense transportation of any nation involved. Command resources were tasked to deliver more than 12 million tons of wheeled and tracked vehicles, helicopters, ammunition, dry cargo, fuel and other supplies and equipment during the war. At the high point of the war, more than 230 government-owned and chartered ships delivering the largest part of the international arsenal that soundly defeated Iraqi aggression.

MSC was also involved in the second Persian Gulf War, Operation Iraqi Freedom, delivering 61 million square feet of cargo and 1.1 billion gallons of fuel by the end of the first year.


Today, Military Sealift Command has more than 10,800 employees worldwide, approximately 80 percent of which serve at sea. MSC is the largest employer of merchant mariners in the United States. Approximately 5,100 employees are federal civil service, 660 are military personnel; and another 4,600 are employed by MSC contractors.

Transition to War

The transition from peace to war calls for a steady progression of increased levels of sealift ships and personnel to meet contingency requirements. The progression begins with prepositioning sealift.

MSC's prepositioning ships are loaded with combat equipment for U.S. Army, Marine Corps, Air Force and Navy, as well as fuel for the Defense Logistics Agency. The ships are stationed in strategic areas around the world, close to potential contingency areas. In wartime, prepositioning ships are usually the first ships to respond.

In wartime and during other contingencies, the Sealift force can expand dramatically to move the massive amounts of heavy armored combat equipment and other war-fighter supplies from U.S. bases to the theater of operation. MSC first looks to the commercial market to charter suitable U.S.- flagged tonnage. If more tonnage is needed, foreign-flagged ships may be used. MSC may also activate government-owned surge sealift ships, normally kept in reduced operating status. In the event of a full mobilization, more than 1,000 ships and 30,000 people would be employed in sealift missions ashore and afloat.