MSC Squadron Completes Maldives Port Call

press release
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Military Sealift Command Maritime Prepositioning Force ship USNS SGT William R. Button

Military Sealift Command Maritime Prepositioning Force ship USNS SGT William R. Button left the port of Male, Republic of the Maldives, today after completing a four-day port visit to the Indian Ocean island nation. The stop included bilateral meetings with senior Maldives National Defense Force officials, cultural exchange activities and a community relations event.

 

Button is the flagship of Diego Garcia-based Maritime Prepositioning Ship Squadron Two, which has a current fleet of 12 noncombatant, government-owned and -chartered cargo ships that carry military equipment and supplies for rapid delivery to U.S. forces ashore in the event of a contingency or humanitarian operation. 

 

These ships are crewed by civilian mariners working for private shipping companies under contract to MSC. Button carries a U.S. Navy active-duty staff of 10 personnel led by a U.S. Navy captain who is responsible for the tactical control of all squadron ships. MPS Squadron Two also has a civil service medical service officer and four contract personnel responsible to maintain equipment on board.

 

Button anchored off Male on Dec. 11, beginning the second port visit by a U.S. naval ship to the Maldives this year. The Maldives are a group of 26 atolls located off India’s southern tip. Guided missile destroyer USS Russell visited the southern Maldives in September. Engaging with senior Maldivian officials was a primary goal of the visit. Navy Capt. Charles “Gene” Emmert, commander, MPS Squadron Two, along with representatives from the Defense Attaché office for Sri Lanka and the Maldives, paid an office call with Col. Mohmed Ziyad, the plans and operations director for the Maldives National Defense Force at its national headquarters in Male on Dec. 12.

 

“Conducting joint training and exchanging information is very useful to us,” said Ziyad.   “We hope Button’s visit here leads to an increase in U.S. Naval ships visiting our country.” The Maldivian National Defense Force is composed of a coast guard, a marine corps, and a support corps that includes intelligence, medical and logistics elements.
 
Emmert later visited with Col. Ismail Sharif, principal director of the Maldivian Coast Guard. During the meeting, Sharif provided an overview of his nation’s coast guard and discussed the possibility of increased bilateral cooperation and training in the future. The Maldives has more than 640 kilometers of coastline.

 

“Building and fostering relations is what this visit was all about,” said Emmert. “That’s been easy because the Maldivians are very friendly and open people.” Later, Emmert and MPS Squadron Two’s medical service officer and civil service mariner David Larkin visited two local hospitals in central Male, touring the Indira Gandhi and ADK hospitals, speaking with administration officials and hospital staff along the way. “We wanted to assess the local hospitals’ capabilities,” Larkin said. “We are forward deployed to a remote part of the world, and, if we are underway and close to Male with a sick or injured crewmember on board, I would now feel comfortable sending them here for treatment.”

 

Later that day, nine crewmembers from MPS Squadron Two and seven from the Maldives National Defense Force picked up litter along a half-mile stretch of beach on Kaffu Villigli, an atoll about a mile off Male. Before the cleanup, MPS Squadron Two and Maldivian military personnel shared a meal of local cuisine to get to know one another a little better. “This was my first time working alongside U.S. personnel,” said Lt. Hassen Nadhoon of the Maldivian Coast Guard. “It’s a new experience, but very rewarding.”

 

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

 

Maritime Reporter March 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

People & Company News

Ultra-deepwater Drillship 'Maersk Valiant' Delivered

Maersk Drilling advises that its second new drillship, 'Maersk Valiant', has been delivered from the Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) shipyard in Geoje-Si, South-Korea.

Miami Tugboat Oil Spill: Coast Guard Respond

The US Coast Guard says that its crewmembers are responding to a fuel spill in the vicinity of Government Cut in Miami, following a leak discovered aboard the 95-foot tugboat 'Neptune'.

Latest Shipbuilding Contracts Include VLCC Order for Philippine Yard

In the latest Clarkson Hellas S&P Weekly Bulletin newbuilding orders are reported in Far East shipyards for a range of vessels as follows: Bulk carriers Clarkson

Ports

Miami Tugboat Oil Spill: Coast Guard Respond

The US Coast Guard says that its crewmembers are responding to a fuel spill in the vicinity of Government Cut in Miami, following a leak discovered aboard the 95-foot tugboat 'Neptune'.

China Homeport for Latest Giant RCI Cruise Ship

Royal Caribbean International says that its latest cruise ship, 'Quantum of the Seas', will make its home port in Shanghai (Baoshan), China The ship will reposition to China in May 2015,

California Port Seeks Public Feedback on Expansion Plans

The Port of San Diego apprises it is to host separate open house events for the public to provide feedback on its long-range vision and 'Integrated Port Master Plan Update' process.

Navy

Today in U.S. Naval History: April 16

Today in U.S. Naval History: April 16 1863 - Union gunboats pass Confederate batteries at Vicksburg 1924 - Navy commences relief operations in Mississippi Valley floods,

Australian Navy Assists French Fishing Vessel

While patrolling in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Africa, Royal Australian Navy ship HMAS Darwin provided emergency medical assistance for a heart attack victim on a French fishing vessel.

Search Resumes in S. Korean Ferry Disaster

Poor weather conditions may hamper effort; Mystery surrounds capsize of ship; Nearly 280 people still missing, many of them teenagers South Korean coastguards

Eye on the Navy

Australian Navy Assists French Fishing Vessel

While patrolling in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Africa, Royal Australian Navy ship HMAS Darwin provided emergency medical assistance for a heart attack victim on a French fishing vessel.

Search Resumes in S. Korean Ferry Disaster

Poor weather conditions may hamper effort; Mystery surrounds capsize of ship; Nearly 280 people still missing, many of them teenagers South Korean coastguards

JFD Awarded Australian Navy Commendation

Commendation awarded by the Royal Australian Navy for dedicated work, commitment and support for Exercise Black Carillon 2013   James Fisher Defence (JFD) has

Government Update

Canada Opts Out of Arctic Council Meeting

Canadian Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq stated that a principled stand had been taken by Ottawa against Moscow's intervention in events in Ukraine, reports

Treadwell: Arctic Security Should Be National Priority

Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell delivered the keynote address yesterday at the Arctic Collaborative Workshop in Fairbanks. Treadwell discussed five reasons why

US Sens. Kaine and Reed Visit Newport News Shipbuilding

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) hosted U.S. Sens. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Jack Reed (D-R.I.) Tuesday for a tour of the company's Newport News Shipbuilding division.

Logistics

California Port Seeks Public Feedback on Expansion Plans

The Port of San Diego apprises it is to host separate open house events for the public to provide feedback on its long-range vision and 'Integrated Port Master Plan Update' process.

Port of LA March 2014 Container Volumes Surge

The Port of Los Angeles has released its March 2014 containerized cargo volume figures, showing that container imports surged 42 percent, from 231,397 TEUsin March 2013 to 327,

SC Ports Report Record Pier Container Volumes

Georgetown grows 10 percent fiscal year to date Today South Carolina Ports reported March pier container volumes were the highest since August 2008. Last month the Port handled 85,

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Contracts Navigation Offshore Oil Pod Propulsion Salvage Ship Electronics Ship Simulators Sonar Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1772 sec (6 req/sec)