|USNS Carl Brashear currently supporting disaster relief operations off Japan.|
Washington March 29, 2011 - Military Sealift Command announced today that the Washington, D.C.-headquartered command renamed 11 of its component commands and organizations. Effective today, the new names more accurately reflect the ties between MSC and its worldwide locations.
The roles, responsibilities, reporting requirements and organizational structure of MSC and its components remain unchanged.
Formerly called sealift logistics commands, or SEALOGs, MSC's five geographic commands are now collectively referred to as area commands. Their old and new names are as follows:
- Sealift Logistics Command Atlantic (SEALOGLANT) becomes Military Sealift Command Atlantic (MSCLANT);
- Sealift Logistics Command Pacific (SEALOGPAC) becomes Military Sealift Command Pacific (MSCPAC);
- Sealift Logistics Command Europe (SEALOGEUR) becomes Military Sealift Command Europe and Africa (MSCEURAF);
- Sealift Logistics Command Central(SEALOGCENT) becomes Military Sealift Command Central (MSCCENT); and
- Sealift Logistics Command Far East(SEALOGFE) becomes Military Sealift Command Far East (MSCFE).
In addition, MSC's six ship support units now carry "MSC" before their command names: For instance, Ship Support Unit San Diego is now Military Sealift Command Ship Support Unit San Diego, or MSC SSU San Diego. MSC's five other ship support units are in Naples, Bahrain, Singapore, Guam and Yokohama.
"In the past, some of our customers have been confused by the various names of our worldwide commands and organizations. In some cases, our customers didn't realize that the command or organization they were dealing with was actually part of MSC," said MSC Commander Rear Adm. Mark H. Buzby.
This name change is the result of an extensive strategic communication effort led by MSC headquarters.
Military Sealift Command 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.
MSC's five worldwide area commands are each commanded by a U.S. Navy captain and operationally represent MSC in their respective areas of responsibility, serving as the primary point of contact for customers and partners in the AOR.
The MSC SSUs, which report directly to MSC's Military Sealift Fleet Support Command, provide support to deployed MSC government-owned, government-operated ships worldwide. MSC SSU Guam is led by a U.S. Navy commander, MSC SSU Singapore by a U.S. Navy lieutenant commander and the other four are under the direction of senior civil servants.