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A starboard view of the cargo ship AMERICAN CHAMPION (T-AK-2011) of Diego Garcia. The AMERICAN CHAMPION is under charter to the Military Sealift Command

A port view of the vehicle cargo ship USNS METEOR (T-AKR-9), with the Military Sealift Command charter transport oiler ZAPATA PATRIOT (T-AOT-1001) in the background

The auxiliary crane ship CORNHUSKER STATE (T-ACS-6) lies tied up at the Norfolk Shipbuilding and Drydock Corp yard, where it is undergoing routine overhaul prior to its deployment to the Middle East. The CORNHUSKER STATE is under charter to the Military Sealift Command

The transport oiler ZAPATA PATRIOT (T-AOT-1001) lies at anchor off Diego Garcia. The ZAPATA PATRIOT is under charter to the Military Sealift Command

A port beam view of the cargo ship AMERICAN COURIER (T-AK-0107) at anchor off Diego Garcia. The AMERICAN COURIER is under charter to the Military Sealift Command

The island of Diego Garcia appears on the radarscope of an approaching C-5 Galaxy aircraft. The island is being used as home base for Airlift Operations Project '81, directed by the Military Sealift Command

Mr. Andrew S. Prince, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy Sealift & Maritime (uncovered)

Don S. Montgomery, USN (Ret.) Norfolk, Va....A starboard bow view of the Military Sealift Command (MSC) ship American Altair (T-ACS-9) moored at the Norfolk Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co. facility on the Elizabeth River. The American Altair is being converted to a heavy lift crane ship for the MSC's Ready Reserve Force. OFFICIAL U.S. NAVY PHOTO (RELEASED)

A Vietnamese man and members of his family wait to disembark from the Military Sealift Command merchant ship USNS MASON LYKES. They were among a group of 59 refugees who were rescued from a small boat in the open ocean by the crew of the MASON LYKES

Interpreter Le Kyle talks with several Vietnamese refugees aboard the Military Sealift Command merchant ship USNS MASON LYKES. The refugees are part of a group of 59 who were rescued from a small boat in the open ocean by the crew of the MASON LYKES

A port bow view of the Military Sealift Command merchant ship USNS MASON LYKES as it approaches the dock at the Naval Supply Depot. The ship is carrying 59 Vietnamese refugees who were rescued from a small boat in the open ocean

A Vietnamese refugee and his daughter wait to disembark from the Military Sealift Command merchant ship USNS MASON LYKES. They were rescued by the MASON LYKES, along with 57 other refugees, from a small boat in the open ocean

Hospital Corpsman J.J. Burke directs a Vietnamese refugee as he hoses down a portion of the aft section of the Military Sealift Command merchant ship USNS MASON LYKES. The ship has just arrived at the Naval Supply Depot with 59 refugees who were rescued from a small boat in the open ocean

A port bow view of the Military Sealift Command merchant ship USNS MASON LYKES as it approaches the dock at the Naval Supply Depot. The ship is carrying 59 Vietnamese refugees who were rescued from a small boat in the open ocean

An aerial starboard beam view of the civilian transport ship CYGNUS (T-AK-113) being loaded with supplies and equipment for Exercise Reforger in Europe. The CYGNUS is being leased by the Military Sealift Command to assist in the transport operation

Army vehicles in the staging area prior to being loaded aboard a civilian transport for shipment to Europe. The vehicles are part of a 28,000-ton sealift by the Military Sealift Command to supply equipment to exercise Reforger

Aerial starboard bow view of the battleship IOWA (BB-61) being towed by the Military Sealift Command oceangoing tug USNS APACHE (T-ATF-172). The IOWA, towed from Philadelphia Navy Yard, will be reactivated and modernized at Avondale Shipyard and Ingalls Shipbuilding prior to recommissioning

Port bow view of the battleship IOWA (BB-61) being towed by the Military Sealift Command oceangoing tug USNS APACHE (T-ATF-172). The IOWA, towed from Philadelphia Navy Yard, will be reactivated and modernized at Avondale Shipyard and Ingalls Shipbuilding prior to recommissioning

The cargo ship CYGNUS (T-AK-113) takes on cargo for exercise REFORGER '82. The vehicle cargo ship USNS COMET (T-AKR-7) is in the background at left. The CYGNUS is under charter to the Military Sealift command

Starboard view of a Military Sealift Command cargo ship docked at the Naval Shipyard

Port bow view of the Military Sealift Command cargo ship DENEBOLA (T-AK-289), tied to the pier

Port bow view of the Military Sealift Command cargo ship POLLUX (T-AK-290), tied to the pier while being renovated

Port view of a Military Sealift Command cargo ship docked at the Naval Shipyard

Aerial starboard beam view of the Military Sealift Command fleet ocean tug APACHE (T-ATF-172), as preparations get underway to tow the battleship IOWA (BB-61) to New Orleans for overhaul and modifications

Aerial starboard quarter view of the battleship IOWA (BB-61) as preparations get underway to tow it to New Orleans for overhaul and modifications. The Military Sealift Command fleet ocean tug APACHE (T-ATF-172) is at its bow

Aerial port bow view of the battleship IOWA (BB-61) as the Military Sealift Command fleet ocean tug APACHE (T-ATF-172) (left) prepares to tow it to New Orleans for overhaul and modifications

Port bow view of the Military Sealift Command cargo ships DENEBOLA (T-AK-289) (right) and POLLUX (T-AK-290), tied to the pier

Port quarter view of the Military Sealift Command cargo ship DENEBOLA (T-AK-289), tied to the pier

Aerial port beam view of the battleship IOWA (BB-61), as preparations are made for it to be towed to New Orleans by the Military Sealift Command fleet ocean tug APACHE (T-ATF-172) (foreground)

Aerial port bow view of the Military Sealift Command fleet ocean tug APACHE (T-ATF-172) as preparations are made to tow the battleship IOWA (BB-61) to New Orleans for overhaul and modifications

Aerial starboard bow view of the battleship IOWA (BB-61) as the Military Sealift Command fleet ocean tug APACHE (T-ATF-172) (front) prepares to tow it to New Orleans for overhaul and modifications

Members of the 155th Transportation Company prepare pallets of shells for unloading from the chartered Military Sealift Command cargo ship BUILDER (T-AK 2031) during LIFELINE Operations. The operations are being conducted by the 155th, 567th and 870th Transportation companies

Members of the 155th Transportation Company use a winch to unload pallets of 155 mm shells from the chartered Military Sealift Command cargo ship BUILDER (T-AK 2031) during LIFELINE Operations

A view of the dock at the Military Ocean Terminal. The chartered Military Sealift Command cargo ship BUILDER (T-AK 2031), at the right, is being used for LIFELINE Operations. The 155th, 567th and 870th Transportation companies are conducting the operations

Members of the 155th Transportation Company attach winch cables to pallets for unloading from the chartered Military Sealift Command cargo ship BUILDER (T-AK 2031) during LIFELINE Operations

Members of the 155th Transportation Company use a winch to unload pallets from the chartered Military Sealift Command cargo ship BUILDER (T-AK 2031) during LIFELINE Operations

Members of the 155th Transportation Company use a winch to unload pallets of 155 mm shells from the chartered Military Sealift Command cargo ship BUILDER (T-AK 2031) during LIFELINE Operations

Two pallets of ammunition are unloaded from the hold of the chartered Military Sealift Command cargo ship BUILDER (T-AK 2031) during LIFELINE Operations. The operations are being conducted by the 155th, 567th and 870th Transportation companies

Members of the 155th Transportation Company lower a commercial forklift into the hold of the chartered Military Sealift Command cargo ship BUILDER (T-AK 2031) during LIFELINE Operations

Members of the 155th Transportation Company lower the battery into a commercial forklift in the hold of the chartered Military Sealift Command cargo ship BUILDER (T-AK 2031) during LIFELINE Operations

Members of the 155th Transportation Company use a crane to unload ammunition from the chartered Military Sealift Command cargo ship Builder (AK) during LIFELINE Operations. The operations are being conducted by the 155th, 567th and 870th Transportation companies

Members of the 155th Transportation Company use a forklift to position pallets for unloading from the chartered Military Sealift Command cargo ship BUILDER (T-AK 2031) during LIFELINE Operations

The hatches of the chartered Military Sealift Command cargo ship BUILDER (T-AK 2031) are opened for unloading during LIFELINE Operations. The operations are being conducted by the 155th, 567th and 870th Transportation companies

Members of the 155th Transportation Company transfer a commercial forklift from the dock to the hold of the chartered Military Sealift Command cargo ship BUILDER (T-AK 2031) during LIFELINE Operations

Members of the 155th Transportation companies unload ammunition from the chartered Military Sealift Command cargo ship Builder (AK) during LIFELINE Operations

Members of the 155th Transportation Company unload two pallets of ammunition from the hold of the chartered Military Sealift Command cargo ship BUILDER (T-AK 2031) during LIFELINE Operations

A starboard bow view of the chartered Military Sealift Command cargo ship BUILDER (T-AK 2031) used to transport cargo during LIFELINE Operations. The operations are being conducted by the 155th, 567th and 870th Transportation companies

Members of the 155th Transportation Company prepare to unload cargo from the chartered Military Sealift Command cargo ship Builder (AK) onto M872 trailers during LIFELINE Operations

Members of the 155th Transportation Company use a winch to unload pallets from the chartered Military Sealift Command cargo ship BUILDER (T-AK 2031) during LIFELINE Operations

Members of the 155th Transportation Company use a winch to unload pallets of 155 mm shells from the chartered Military Sealift Command cargo ship BUILDER (T-AK 2031) during LIFELINE Operations

Members of the 155th Transportation Company use a forklift to position pallets for unloading from the chartered Military Sealift Command cargo ship BUILDER (T-AK 2031) during LIFELINE Operations

Members of the 155th Transportation Company transfer a commercial forklift from the dock to the hold of the chartered Military Sealift Command cargo ship BUILDER (T-AK 2031) during LIFELINE Operations

Members of the 155th Transportation Company use a winch to unload pallets from the chartered Military Sealift Command cargo ship BUILDER (T-AK 2031) during LIFELINE Operations

Members of the 155th Transportation Company lower a commercial forklift into the hold of the chartered Military Sealift Command cargo ship BUILDER (T-AK 2031) during LIFELINE Operations

Members of the 155th Transportation Company transfer the battery for a commercial forklift from the main deck to the hold of the chartered Military Sealift Command cargo ship BUILDER (T-AK 2031) during LIFELINE Operations

Hatches of the chartered Military Sealift Command cargo ship BUILDER (T-AK 2031) are opened for unloading as part of the LIFELINE Operations. The operations are being conducted by the 155th, 567th and 870th Transportation companies

Members of the 155th Transportation Company lower a commercial forklift in the hold of the chartered Military Sealift Command cargo ship BUILDER (T-AK 2031) during LIFELINE Operations

Members of 155th Transportation Company use a winch to unload a pallet of 155mm shells from the chartered Military Sealift Command cargo ship BUILDER (T-AK-2031) during lifeline operations

A Military Sealift Command banner hangs from the bow of the ocean surveillance ship USNS STALWART (T-AGOS 1) during the ship's launching ceremony

An aerial port bow view of a Military Sealift Command cargo ship in dry dock at the Imperial Shipyard Docks and the frigate USS TRUETT (FF 1095)

M41 5-ton trucks parked on the dock after being offloaded from the Military Sealift Command vehicle cargo ship USNS CYGNUS (T-AKR 113). The vehicles will be used in support of Exercise REFORGER '83

Army vehicles and trailers are parked on the dock after being offloaded from the chartered Military Sealift Command vehicle cargo ship USNS CYGNUS (T-AK 113). The vehicles will beused in support of Exercise REFORGER '83

Four M577 command post armored personnel carriers parked on the dock after being offloaded from the Military Sealift Command vehicle cargo ship USNS CYGNUS (T-AK 113). The vehicles will be used in support of Exercise REFORGER '83

A starboard bow view of the Powtahan class fleet tug USNS APACHE (T-ATF-172) moored at pier #1 at the Navy Yard. The APACHE is assigned to the Military Sealift Command

Elevated starboard bow view of the San Clemente class tanker being converted to a T-AH 19 class hospital ship. The ship, to be named MERCY (T-AH 19), will be assigned to the Military Sealift Command and will be operated by a civilian crew. The hospital will be operated by the Naval Medical Command

Elevated starboard quarter view of the San Clemente class tanker being converted to a T-AH 19 class hospital ship. The ship, to be named MERCY (T-AH 19), will be assigned to the Military Sealift Command and will be operated by a civilian crew. The hospital will be operated by the Naval Medical Command

A port bow view of the Military Sealift Command Algol class vehicle transport ship USNS BELLATRIX (T-AKR 288) approaching the Gatun Locks on the Atlantic side of the Canal

A bow view of the Military Sealift Command Algol class vehicle transport ship USNS BELLATRIX (T-AKR 288) entering the lower chamber, west side, of the Gatun Locks in its transit from the Atlantic to the Pacific

A starboard bow view of the Military Sealift Command-chartered transport oiler YUKON (T-AOT-152) underway

A starboard bow view of the Military Sealift Command-chartered transport oiler YUKON (T-AOT-152) underway

A port bow view of the Military Sealift Command chartered C-3 class cargo ship SS AMERICAN VICTORY (T-AK 1809) undergoing conversion at the Norfolk Shipbuilding and Drydock Company

Elevated starboard bow view of a San Clemente class tanker being converted to a T-AH-19 class hospital ship by National Steel and Shipbuilding Company. The ship, to be named MERCY (T-AH-19), will be assigned to Military Sealift Command and will be operated by a civilian crew. The hospital will be operated by the Naval Medical Command

Elevated starboard quarter view of a San Clemente class tanker being converted to a T-AH 19 class hospital ship by National Steel and Shipbuilding Company. The ship, to be named USNS MERCY (T-AH 19), will be assigned to Military Sealift Command and will be operated by a civilian crew. The hospital will be operated by the Naval Medical Command

A starboard quarter view of the heavy lift crane ship SS KEYSTONE STATE (T-ACS 1) moored at the Newport News Marine Terminal. The ship is under charter to the Military Sealift Command

A low angle port bow view of the vehicle cargo ship SS PFC. DEWAYNE T. WILLIAMS (T-AKR) moored at the Newport News Marine Terminal. This is the second converted Maersk ship to be used with the Maritime Prepositioning Ship (MPS) force, which is under charter to the Military Sealift Command

A low angle port bow view of the vehicle cargo ship SS PFC. DEWAYNE T. WILLIAMS (T-AKR) moored at the Newport News Marine Terminal. This is the second converted Maersk ship to be used with the Maritime Prepositioning Ship (MPS) force, which is under charter to the Military Sealift Command

A tug boat helps maneuver the cargo ship AMERICAN EAGLE (T-AK-2044) as it arrives to pick up supplies for exercise BRIGHT STAR '85. The AMERICAN EAGLE is under charter to the Military Sealift Command

Elevated starboard quarter view of a San Clemente class tanker being converted to a T-AH 19 class hospital ship by National Steel and Shipbuilding Company. The ship, to be named MERCY (T-AH 19), seen here at 80 percent completion, will be assigned to the Military Sealift Command and will be operated by a civilian crew. The hospital will be operated by the Naval Medical Command. A starboard quarter view of the amphibious assault ship USS TRIPOLI (LPH 10) is seen in the background

Elevated starboard quarter view of a San Clemente class tanker being converted to a T-AH 19 class hospital ship by National Steel and Shipbuilding Company. The ship, to be named MERCY (T-AH 19), seen here at 80 percent completion, will be assigned to the Military Sealift Command and will be operated by a civilian crew. The hospital will be operated by the Naval Medical Command

Naval officers prepare for a briefing at Military Sealift Command Headquarters during Rainbow Reach, an ocean transportation mobilization exercise

Yeoman 2nd Class L. Van Rija, administrative assistant, Military Sealift Command Headquarters, answers telephone inquiries during Rainbow Reach, an ocean transportation mobilization exercise

A port bow view of the Sealift class transport oiler USNS SEALIFT ANTARCTIC (T-AOT 176) moored at the Naval Supply Center

An aerial bow view of a Military Sealift Command ship and US Navy ships underway. They are, left to right: the guided missile cruiser USS VALLEY FORGE (CG 50), battleship USS MISSOURI (BB 63), fleet oiler USNS KAWISHIWI (T-AO 146), aircraft carrier USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63) and the guided missile frigate USS RAMSEY (FFG 2)

An aerial bow view of a Military Sealift Command ship and U.S. Navy ships underway. They are, left to right: the guided missile cruiser USS VALLEY FORGE (CG-50), battleship USS MISSOURI (BB-63), fleet oiler USNS KAWISHIWI (T-AO-146), aircraft carrier USS KITTY HAWK (CV-63) and the guided missile frigate USS RAMSEY (FFG-2)

A bow view of a Military Sealift Command ship and US Navy ships underway. They are, left to right: the guided missile cruiser USS VALLEY FORGE (CG 50), battleship USS MISSOURI (BB 63), fleet oiler USNS KAWISHIWI (T-AO 146), aircraft carrier USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63) AND the guided missile frigate USS RAMSEY (FFG 2)

An aerial port view of a Military Sealift Command ship and U.S. Navy ships underway. They are, top to bottom: guided missile cruiser USS VALLEY FORGE (CG-50), battleship USS MISSOURI (BB-63), fleet oiler USNS KAWISHIWI (T-AO-146), aircraft carrier USS KITTY HAWK (CV-63) and the guided missile frigate USS RAMSEY (FFG-2)

A bow view of a Military Sealift Command ship and US Navy ships underway. They are, front to back: fleet oiler USNS KAWISHIWI (T-AO 146), battleship USS MISSOURI (BB 63), aircraft carrier USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63), guided missile frigate USS RAMSEY (FFG 2) and the guided missile cruiser USS VALLEY FORGE (CG 50)

A port bow view of the Military Sealift Command oiler USNS HASSAYAMPA (T-AO-145) at anchor

A port bow view of the Military Sealift Command store ship USNS RIGEL (T-AF 58) underway during operations with the 6th Fleet

An aerial view of four Military Sealift Command ships moored at the Naval Supply Depot. They are, from top to bottom, the container ship PRESIDENT KENNEDY, the combat stores ship USNS SPICA (T-AFS-9), the surveying ship USNS CHAUVENET (T-AGS-29), and the cargo ship SANTA JUANA (T-AK-1047)

An aerial view of four Military Sealift Command ships moored at the Naval Supply Depot. They are, from left to right, the cargo ship SANTA JUANA (T-AK-2047), the surveying ship USNS CHAUVENET (T-AGS-29), the combat stores ship USNS SPICA (T-AFS-9), and the container ship PRESIDENT KENNEDY

An aerial view of four Military Sealift Command ships moored at the Naval Supply Depot. They are, clockwise from the top, the container ship PRESIDENT KENNEDY, the combat stores ship USNS SPICA (T-AFS-9), the cargo ship SANTA JUANA (T-AK-2047), and the surveying ship USNS CHAUVENET (T-AGS-29)

A port bow view of the Military Sealift Command chartered vessel Sealift Pacific (T-AOT 168) tied up at the Naval Supply Center

A port bow view of the hospital ship USNS MERCY (T-AH-19) anchored off the coast. The recently outfitted Military Sealift Command ship is visiting various ports in the Philippines during the first phase of its five-month humanitarian medical service and training mission. While in the Philippines, U.S. Navy, Army and Air Force medical personnel embarked aboard the MERCY are providing treatment for indigent Filipinos, both ashore and aboard ship

A Philippine patrol boat heads toward the hospital ship USNS MERCY (T-AH 19) anchored off the coast. The recently outfitted Military Sealift Command ship is visiting various ports in the Philippines during the first phase of its five-month humanitarian medical service and training mission. While in the Philippines, US Navy, Army and Air Force medical personnel embarked aboard the MERCY are providing treatment for indigent Filipinos, both ashore and aboard ship

A motor launch from the hospital ship USNS MERCY (T-AH-19), background, makes its way to shore. The recently outfitted Military Sealift Command ship is visiting various ports in the Philippines during the first phase of its five-month humanitarian medical service and training mission. While in the Philippines, U.S. Navy, Army and Air Force medical personnel embarked aboard the MERCY are providing treatment for indigent Filipinos, both ashore and aboard ship

Filipinos wait for prescription drugs to be dispensed by medical personnel from the hospital ship USNS MERCY (T-AH 19). The recently outfitted Military Sealift Command ship is visiting various ports in the Philippines during the first phase of its five-month humanitarian medical service and training mission. While in the Philippines, US Navy, Army and Air Force medical personnel embarked aboard the MERCY are providing treatment for indigent Filipinos

A motor launch from the hospital ship USNS MERCY (T-AH-19), background, transports local Filipinos back to the ship. The recently outfitted Military Sealift Command ship is visiting various ports in the Philippines during the first phase of its five-month humanitarian medical service and training mission. U.S. Navy, Army and Air Force medical personnel embarked aboard the MERCY are providing treatment for indigent Filipinos, both ashore and aboard ship

A port bow view of the Military Sealift Command chartered vessel CAPE CANSO (T-AK 5037) undergoing an overhaul at a contract shipyard on the Elizabeth River

A port bow view of the Military Sealift Command container ship SS C.V. STAGHOUND undergoing overhaul and modification at the Norfolk Dry Dock Co. pier