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Commodore William Walworth OBE RFA visits the Military Sealift Fleet Support Command
Jack Taylor, director of Military Sealift Fleet Support Command (left), hosted RFA Commodore William Walworth, on the 23 February 2011, at MSFSC headquarters in Norfolk, Va. This was the Commodore's third visit to the command. The Military Sealift Fleet Support Command, much like the RFA, is a civilian crewed fleet of ships of the United States Navy. The MSFSC consists of 41 ships that provide combat logistics services to the fleet: oilers, fast combat support ships, dry cargo/ammunition ships, fleet ocean tugs, rescue and salvage ships and hospital ships. They also have three other programs that provide 25 Special Mission ships as platforms for the Navy and Department of Defense (undersea surveillance, oceanographic survey, missile telemetry monitoring, undersea cable laying/repair and submarine tenders); 32 Prepositioning ships to hold ready Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps combat gear, ordnance and fuel at sea in three locations around the world; and 19 Sealift ships that carry DOD cargo (mostly unit gear - tanks, trucks, Humvees, helicopters, supplies and fuel) to places where normal commercial liner service doesn't go or when a whole unit needs to move at once.
Photo by Bill Cook and used with the permission of the MSFSC