US Navy to Buy Maritime Prepositioning Ship for $28M

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USNS PFC Eugene A. Obregon(click to view full) The US Navy’s Military Sealift Command is paying $28 million to buy maritime prepositioning ship MV PFC Eugene A. Obregon from WTAK-2 in Mobile, AL. The MSC had previously leased the ship under a long-term lease contract (N00033-82-C-1021), which contained an option to purchase. The ship’s new name will be USNS PFC Eugene A. Obregon. WTAK-2 is executing the sale on behalf of Bell Atlantic Tricon Leasing. The ship will remain crewed by about 26 US merchant mariners employed by Waterman Steamship Corp. in Mobile, AL. Obregon is one of 15 maritime prepositioning ships (MPS) that strategically place US Marine Corps equipment and supplies at sea around the world, making the cargo readily available to Marines who are flown into a theater of operations. USNS 2nd Lt John P. Bobo(click to view full) The MPS are laden with a variety of Marine Corps equipment and supplies, including tanks, ammunition, food, hospital equipment, petroleum products and spare parts – ready for delivery ashore when needed. Three ship squadrons each contain 4 to 5 MPS, as well as other prepositioning ships that are dedicated to other military services. Each MPS squadron carries sufficient equipment […]

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