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As I went through my pictures of my MSC days, I realized there were too many fond memories to share on only one page. You'll find three MSC topics in the list to the left, one for training, one for people, and one for life at sea.

Military Sealift Command is a quasi military organization. The ships are owned by the US Navy and designed to replenish stores, weapons, diesel, jet fuel, etc to regular Navy ships while underway. However the ships are crewed with civilians - Civilians from all walks of life.

I served on board the John Lenthal, TAO-189, a tanker, as an Able Bodied Seaman (AB). I was a watchstander and one of three lead UNREP helmsmen. UNREP stands for Underway Replenishment. The ships being replenished are from 100 to 200 feet to either side of the replenishing ship, very close considering we were an 800 foot tanker. The UNREP helmsman must hold course to plus or minus one half of a degree in 12 foot seas. It's far too dangerous to use an autopilot. Try it next time you go out on a boat. If you ever varied more than two degrees, you were relieved of duty.

The pictures on this page are cropped from a full size picture which gives a better perspective to what is being shown. To see a picture full size, simply click on the picture and it will appear full size in a new browser.


Click on picture to see an enlargement. This is one of the MSC training centers, located in Colts Neck, New Jersey. The center contains impressive equipment and instructors. Every instructor is either a Chief Mate or Master Unlimited with a wealth of experience. The equipment is second to none and even Kings Point uses it to train their students. New Jersey itself is incredible. Huge multimillion dollar mansions and ranches. I saw many subdivisions of multi million dollar homes. It's called the Garden State for a reason.

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Click on picture to see an enlargement. Specialized fire training is one of their specialties. Here helicopter fire training presents unique challenges. MSC has special training for these fires, including a variety of simulated weapons near the fire. Keep the weapons cool during the fire!

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Click on picture to see an enlargement. On the left is the ship fire simulator. The ship is simulated, but the fire is real. I'll never forget descending a long flight of stairs into a raging engine room fire. It was so realistic that some of the guys refused to descend the stairway to the fire.

On the right is standard gas mask training. We were trained to survive a variety of chemical weapons. We learned how to inject drugs in critical time to counteract certain gasses, such as nerve gas.

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Click on picture to see an enlargement. Here are a couple of pictures hanging in the Small Arms instructors offices. You got to love the humor behind these critical messages.

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Click on picture to see an enlargement. Several days of Ship Security Training were taught. The pictures speak for themselves. Many simple, but very effective techniques were taught.

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Click on picture to see an enlargement. A great week of training in Damage Control was taught. Just what do you do with a big hole in the side of your ship (or boat) below the water line? How do you shore up doors to prevent flooding?

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