The U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command today
announced an organization re-alignment designed to increase efficiency while maintaining effectiveness. MSC is implementing the plan to realign three core aspects of the Washington, D.C.,-based command's shore side operations: the roles of three of the command's Senior Executive Service personnel, the number and structure of programs that conduct the command's seagoing missions, and the reporting structure of several field activities.
To increase effectiveness in MSC's operations, the command is also realigning two of its four mission-driven programs and adding a fifth. The new program structure is:
- Service Support: This new program is composed of four government-operated ships formerly in the Special Mission program
(two submarine tenders, one command ship and one cable laying and repair ship), as well as 10 government-operated ships formerly from NFAF (hospital ships, fleet ocean tugs, and rescue and salvage ships).
- Special Mission: Maintains all of its 24 contract-operated ships: missile range instrumentation, ocean surveillance, submarine and special warfare support, oceanographic survey and navigation test support.
- Prepositioning: Maintains its current inventory of 31 ships
- Sealift: Maintains its current inventory of 16 ships
In addition, MSC's 12 worldwide MSC Ship Support Units, which previously reported to MSC's Military Sealift Fleet Support Command
in Norfolk, Va., will now report to the MSC operational area command in their respective areas of responsibility. MSC's area commands are MSC Atlantic in Norfolk, Va.; MSC Pacific in San Diego; MSC Europe
and Africa in Naples, Italy; MSC Central in Bahrain; and MSC Far East in Singapore.
MSC will also establish a competency-based support structure to provide the technical knowledge, skills and abilities to the two program executives. Functions such as human resources, logistics, engineering, information technology and others will be competency aligned in support of the programs.
"MSC is an agile force, and we are proactively streamlining and improving our organization so that we will be ready for anything that comes our way in this challenging fiscal environment," said Rear Adm. Mark H. Buzby, commander, MSC. "I am confident going into the future."
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.