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Merchant Marine Ships: USNS Shasta arriving tomorrow


September 10, 2009

Everett, Wash. - The deep hulls of Military Sealift Command ammunition ships USNS Shasta and USNS Kiska, and dry/cargo ammunition ship USNS Carl Brashear are making their way to Naval Station Everett and will be on the waterfront starting early next week.

The three ships will be in port at Naval Station Everett until the end of the month. They are part of MSC's Naval Fleet Auxiliary Force and serve as the supply lines to U.S. Navy ships at sea worldwide, enabling them to remain at sea and combat ready for extended periods of time.

The 689-foot Brashear belongs to the Navy's newest class of combat logistics ships, called T-AKEs. These ships deliver ammunition, provisions, stores, spare parts, potable water and petroleum products to U.S. Navy and coalition ships at sea. The crew is made up of 124 civil service mariners and 11 Sailors. When needed, Brashear can also carry a helicopter detachment.

Measuring 564 feet long, Shasta and Kiska deliver ordnance to Navy combatant ships at sea and are crewed by about 133 civil service mariners and up to 17 Sailors.

All three of these ships are part of MSC's Combat Logistic Force currently providing logistical support to Navy ships deployed across the Eastern Pacific from the West Coast to the International Dateline.

MSC operates approximately 110 noncombatant, civilian-crewed ships that replenish U.S. Navy ships, conduct specialized missions, strategically preposition combat cargo at sea around the world and move military cargo and supplies used by deployed U.S. forces and coalition partners.

For more information about MSC and its ships, visit


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