List of Military Sealift Command ships


Military Sealift Command ships as of January 2018[1]

This is a list of Military Sealift Command ships. The fleet includes about 130 ships in eight programs: Fleet Oiler (PM1), Special Mission (PM2), Strategic Sealift (PM3), Tow, Salvage, Tender, and Hospital Ship (PM4), Sealift (PM5), Combat Logistics Force (PM6), Expeditionary Mobile Base, Amphibious Command Ship, and Cable Layer (PM7) and Expeditionary Fast Transport (PM8).

All MSC ships are divided into eight main categories according to program.
Each category is further divided into subcategories according to ship type.

List of current Military Sealift Command ships

Fleet Oiler Program (PM1)
Fleet Replenishment Oiler (T-AO)
Name Hull No. Class Photo Notes
USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO-187) Henry J. Kaiser USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO-187).jpg
USNS Joshua Humphreys (T-AO-188) Henry J. Kaiser DN-SC-87-06989.jpg To be removed from service 2025[2]
USNS John Lenthall (T-AO-189) Henry J. Kaiser USNS John Lenthall T-AO-189.jpg To be removed from service 2023[2]
USNS Walter S. Diehl (T-AO-193) Henry J. Kaiser USNS Walter S Diehl T-AO-193.jpg
USNS John Ericsson (T-AO-194) Henry J. Kaiser USNS John Ericsson in Guam.jpg
USNS Leroy Grumman (T-AO-195) Henry J. Kaiser USNS Leroy Grumman T-AO-195.jpg
USNS Kanawha (T-AO-196) Henry J. Kaiser USNS Kanawha T-AO-196.jpg
USNS Pecos (T-AO-197) Henry J. Kaiser Pecos T-AO-197.jpg To be removed from service 2026[2]
USNS Big Horn (T-AO-198) Henry J. Kaiser USNS Big Horn T-AO-198.jpg
USNS Tippecanoe (T-AO-199) Henry J. Kaiser USNS Tippecanoe.jpg
USNS Guadalupe (T-AO-200) Henry J. Kaiser USNS Guadalupe T-AO-200.jpg
USNS Patuxent (T-AO-201) Henry J. Kaiser USNS Patuxent T-AO-201.jpg
USNS Yukon (T-AO-202) Henry J. Kaiser US Navy 040823-N-0120R-051 The Military Sealift Command (MSC) oiler USNS Yukon (T-A0 202) prepares for a replenishment-at-sea (RAS) with USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) in a turbulent western Pacific Ocean.jpg
USNS Laramie (T-AO-203) Henry J. Kaiser USNS Laramie.jpg
USNS Rappahannock (T-AO-204) Henry J. Kaiser USNS Rappahannock T-AO-204.jpg
Special Mission Program (PM2)
Missile Range Instrumentation (T-AGM)
Name Hull No. Class Photo Notes
USNS Invincible (T-AGM-24) Stalwart USNS Invincible (T-AGM 24).jpg
USNS Howard O. Lorenzen (T-AGM-25) Howard O. Lorenzen Howard O. Lorenzen on the Columbia River (140516-Z-PL933-055).jpg
Navigation Test Support (T-AGS)
Name Hull No. Class Photo Notes
USNS Waters (T-AGS-45) Waters T-AGS-45 Waters.jpg
Oceanographic Survey (T-AGS)
Name Hull No. Class Photo Notes
USNS Pathfinder (T-AGS-60) Pathfinder USNS Pathfinder (T-AGS-60) underway in the Gulf Of Mexico on 19 September 1994 (6490546).jpg
USNS Bowditch (T-AGS-62) Pathfinder USNS Bowditch.jpg
USNS Henson (T-AGS-63) Pathfinder USNS Henson (T-AGS-63) 2010.jpg
USNS Bruce C. Heezen (T-AGS-64) Pathfinder USNS Bruce C Heezen T-AGS-64 (2).jpg
USNS Mary Sears (T-AGS-65) Pathfinder Marysears.jpg
USNS Maury (T-AGS-66) Pathfinder
USNS Maury
Sea-Based X-Band Radar (SBX)
Name Hull No. Class Photo Notes
Sea-based X-band Radar
(formerly Moss Sirius)
(SBX-1) n/a Sbx underway.jpg Mobile active electronically scanned array early-warning radar station,
based on a twin-hulled semi-submersible drilling rig.
("Sea-based X-band Radar" is more of a designation than a traditional name)
Ocean Surveillance (T-AGOS)
Name Hull No. Class Photo Notes
USNS Victorious (T-AGOS-19) Victorious USS AGOS 19 VICTORIOUS.JPG To be removed from service 2026[2]
USNS Able (T-AGOS-20) Victorious USNS Able (T-AGOS-20) aft SURTASS equipment.jpg
USNS Effective (T-AGOS-21) Victorious USNS Effective T-AGOS-21.jpg
USNS Loyal (T-AGOS-22) Victorious USNS Loyal T-AGOS-22.jpg
USNS Impeccable (T-AGOS-23) Impeccable USNS Impeccable T-AGOS-23.jpg
Submarine and Special Warfare Support (T-AGSE)
Name Hull No. Class Photo Notes
MV C Champion n/a MV C Champion.jpg
MV C Commando n/a
MV C Ocean Trader n/a MV Cragside in Mobile, AL on Oct 31 2015.jpg
MV Malama n/a
MV Delores Chouest n/a MV Dolores Chouest.jpg
MV HOS Dominator n/a HOS Dominator prepares for Bold Monarch 2011.jpg
USNS Black Powder (T-AGSE-1) Black Powder MV HOS Black Powder (7985806439).jpg
USNS Westwind (T-AGSE-2) Black Powder MV HOS Westwind (7985808191).jpg
USNS Eagleview (T-AGSE-3) Black Powder MV HOS Eagleview (7985812680).jpg
USNS Arrowhead (T-AGSE-4) Black Powder MV HOS Arrowhead (7985805997).jpg
Prepositioning Program (PM3)
Air Force Container (T-AK)
Name Hull No. Class Photo Notes
MV Maj. Bernard F. Fisher (T-AK-4396) LTC Calvin P. Titus MV Maj Bernard F Fisher (T-AK 4396).jpg Container ship
MV Capt. David I. Lyon (T-AK-5362) n/a Container ship
Army Container (T-AK)
Name Hull No. Class Photo Notes
MV LTC John U.D. Page (T-AK-4543) MV LTC John U.D. Page-class
MV SSG Edward A. Carter, Jr. (T-AK-4544) MV SSG Edward A. Carter, Jr.-class The MV SSG Edward A. Carter, Jr., awaits loading at MOTSU..gif
Dry Cargo/Ammunition (T-AKE)
Name Hull No. Class Photo Notes
USNS Lewis and Clark (T-AKE-1) Lewis and Clark USNS Lewis and Clark T-AKE-1.jpg RO/RO (Vehicle Cargo Ship)
USNS Sacagawea (T-AKE-2) Lewis and Clark USNS Sacagawea;09750215.jpg RO/RO (Vehicle Cargo Ship)
High-Speed Transport (HST)
Name Hull No. Class Photo Notes
USNS Guam (T-HST-1) Guam Hawaii Superferry.jpg
Unnamed (ex-Puerto Rico) (HST-2) Puerto Rico Contracted out to a civilian ferry service
as of March 2016
Large, Medium-Speed Roll-on/Roll-off (LMSR) - (T-AKR)
Name Hull No. Class Photo Notes
USNS Red Cloud (T-AKR-313) Watson USNS Red Cloud.jpg
USNS Charlton (T-AKR-314) Watson USNS Charlton (T-AKR 314).jpg
USNS Watkins (T-AKR-315) Watson Watkins (T-AKR-315).jpg
USNS Pomeroy (T-AKR-316) Watson USNS Pomeroy (T-AKR-316).jpg
USNS Soderman (T-AKR-317) Watson DN-SC-03-12980.jpeg
Maritime Prepositioning Force - Container, Roll-on/roll-off (RO/RO) - (T-AK), (T-AKR)
Name Hull No. Class Photo Notes
USNS 2nd Lt. John P. Bobo (T-AK-3008) 2nd Lt. John P. Bobo 2nd Lt John P Bobo (4060733962).jpg Dry Cargo/Ammunition
USNS PFC Dewayne T. Williams (T-AK-3009) 2nd Lt. John P. Bobo USNS PFC Dewayne T. Williams (T-AK-3009) underway in the Strait of Hormuz on 17 April 2020 (200417-N-PI330-0057).JPG Dry Cargo/Ammunition
USNS 1st Lt. Baldomero Lopez (T-AK-3010) 2nd Lt. John P. Bobo 080505-N-1424C-713 USNS 1st Lt. Baldomero Lopez.jpg Dry Cargo/Ammunition
USNS 1st Lt. Jack Lummus (T-AK-3011) 2nd Lt. John P. Bobo US Navy 040308-M-0000K-002 The maritime prepositing ship MV 1st Lt. Jack Lummus (T-AK 3011) pulls into Pyongtaek Port, South Korea.jpg Dry Cargo/Ammunition
USNS Sgt. William R. Button (T-AK-3012) 2nd Lt. John P. Bobo US Navy 110303-N-1786N-006 The Military Sealift Command container roll on-roll off ship USNS Sgt. William Button (T-AK 3012) floats anchored.jpg Dry Cargo/Ammunition
USNS GySgt. Fred W. Stockham (T-AK-3017) Shughart USNS Fred W. Stockham.jpg RO/RO (Vehicle Cargo Ship)
USNS Seay (T-AKR-302) Bob Hope USNS William W. Seay T-AKR-302.jpg RO/RO (Vehicle Cargo Ship)
USNS Pililaau (T-AKR-304) Bob Hope US Navy 080722-N-1424C-501 The Military Sealift Command large, medium-speed roll-on-roll-off ship USNS Pililaau (T-AKR 304) is anchored off the coast of Red Beach.jpg RO/RO (Vehicle Cargo Ship)
USNS Sisler (T-AKR-311) Watson Sisler (T-AKR-311).jpg RO/RO (Vehicle Cargo Ship)
USNS Dahl (T-AKR-312) Watson Dahl.jpg RO/RO (Vehicle Cargo Ship)
Offshore Petroleum Distribution System (T-AG)
Name Hull No. Class Photo Notes
USNS VADM K. R. Wheeler (T-AG-5001) VADM K. R. Wheeler MV VADM K. R. Wheeler (T-AG-5001).jpg
USNS Fast Tempo n/a USNS Fast Tempo in Tinian.jpg Crew boat/support vessel for VADM K. R. Wheeler
Aviation Logistics Support Ship (T-AVB)A
Name Hull No. Class Photo Notes
SS Wright (T-AVB-3) Wright SS Wright (T-AVB-3) underway at sea on 26 January 2007.jpg (Prepositioning)
SS Curtiss (T-AVB-4) Wright SS Curtiss (T-AVB-4) underway off Guam on 19 September 2018 (180919-N-CR519-1042).JPG (Prepositioning)
ANote: Aviation Logistics Support Ships are not listed in the above graphic, but are assigned to this program[3]
Service Support Program (PM4)
Fleet Ocean Tug (T-ATF)
Name Hull No. Class Photo Notes
USNS Catawba (T-ATF-168) Powhatan USNS Catawba (T-ATF 168) underway.jpg To be removed from service 2023[2]
USNS Navajo (T-ATF-169) Powhatan USNS Navajo (T-ATF-169).jpg
USNS Sioux (T-ATF-171) Powhatan USNS Sioux (T-ATF-171).jpg
USNS Apache (T-ATF-172) Powhatan USNS Apache (T-ATF 172).jpg To be removed from service 2022[2]
Hospital (T-AH)
Name Hull No. Class Photo Notes
USNS Mercy (T-AH-19) Mercy USNS Mercy leaving San Diego Bay.jpg
USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) Mercy 090411-A-1786S-088 - USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) in Hati.jpg
Rescue and Salvage (T-ARS)
Name Hull No. Class Photo Notes
USNS Safeguard (T-ARS-50) Safeguard Uss safeguard.jpg
USNS Grasp (T-ARS-51) Safeguard USNS Grasp (T-ARS-51) tows USS Des Moines (CA-134) to the scrapyard, in October 2006.jpg To be removed from service 2023[2]
USNS Salvor (T-ARS-52) Safeguard 130628-N-YU572-698.jpg To be removed from service 2024[2]
USNS Grapple (T-ARS-53) Safeguard USS Grapple (ARS-53).jpg
Submarine Tender (AS)
Name Hull No. Class Photo Notes
USS Emory S. Land (AS-39) Emory S. Land US Navy 100814-N-1401J-076 USS Emory S. Land (AS 39) arrives at her new homeport of Diego Garcia.jpg
USS Frank Cable (AS-40) Emory S. Land USS Frank Cable AS-40.jpg
Sealift Program (PM5)
Container and Roll-on/roll-off (RO/RO) - (T-AK)
Name Hull No. Class Photo Notes
USNS Sgt. Matej Kocak (T-AK-3005) Sgt. Matej Kocak USMC-10714.jpg
USNS PFC Eugene A. Obregon (T-AK-3006) Sgt. Matej Kocak USNS PFC Eugene A. Obregon (T-AK-3006) underway at sea on 24 September 2019 (190924-N-BI924-9780).JPG
USNS Maj. Stephen W. Pless (T-AK-3007) Sgt. Matej Kocak Royal Thai Navy and U.S. Service Members Offload from the USNS Maj. Stephen W. Pless 160128-M-AR450-202.jpg
USNS 1st Lt. Harry L. Martin (T-AK-3015) 1st Lt. Harry L. Martin USNS 1ST LT. Harry L. Martin (T-AK-3015) underway.jpg
USNS LCPL Roy M. Wheat (T-AK-3016) LCPL Roy M. Wheat Roy m. wheat.jpg Former Soviet military cargo ship “Vladimir Vaslyaev”[4]
Dry Cargo (T-AK)
Name Hull No. Class Photo Notes
MV TransAtlantic (T-AK-5229) n/a MV TransAtlantic.jpg
T/B Sea Eagle (MB 1219) n/a
Surge Sealift - Large, Medium-Speed Roll-on/Roll-off (LMSR) and Roll-on/Roll-off (RO/RO) - (T-AK), (T-AKR)
Name Hull No. Class Photo Notes
USNS Shughart (T-AKR-295) Shughart USNS Shughart.jpg
USNS Gordon (T-AKR-296) Gordon USNS Gordon (T-AKR 296).jpg
USNS Yano (T-AKR-297) Shughart Yano T-AKR-297 LMSR.jpg
USNS Gilliland (T-AKR-298) Gordon USNS Gilliland (T-AKR 298).jpg
USNS Bob Hope (T-AKR-300) Bob Hope USNS Bob Hope (T-AKR 300) at anchorage in Souda harbor.jpg
USNS Fisher (T-AKR-301) Bob Hope USNS Fisher (T-AKR 301).jpg
USNS Mendonca (T-AKR-303) Bob Hope USNS Mendonca (T-AKR 303).jpg
USNS Brittin (T-AKR-305) Bob Hope USNS Brittin (T-AKR 305).jpg
USNS Benavidez (T-AKR-306) Bob Hope USNS Benavidez (T-AKR 306).jpg
USNS Watson (T-AKR-310) Watson Watson (T-AKR-310).jpg
Long-term Charter Tankers (T-AOT)
Name Hull No. Class Photo Notes
MT Empire State (T-AOT-5193) n/a
MT Maersk Peary (T-AOT-5246) n/a USNS Maersk Peary provides fuel to McMurdo Station in Antarctica..jpg
ATB Galveston/Petrochem Producer (T-AOT-5406) n/a Petrochem Producer.png
MT SLNC Pax (T-AOT-5356) n/a
Petroleum Tankers (T5) (T-AOT)
Name Hull No. Class Photo Notes
USNS Lawrence H. Gianella (T-AOT-1125) Champion USNS Gianella.jpg
Fleet Ordnance and Dry Cargo Program (PM6)
Dry Cargo/Ammunition (T-AKE)
Name Hull No. Class Photo Notes
USNS Alan Shepard (T-AKE-3) Lewis and Clark USNS Alan Shepard (from MSC).jpg
USNS Richard E. Byrd (T-AKE-4) Lewis and Clark USNS Richard E. Byrd;09750404.jpg
USNS Robert E. Peary (T-AKE-5) Lewis and Clark USNS Robert E Peary T-AKE-5.jpg
USNS Amelia Earhart (T-AKE-6) Lewis and Clark USNS Amelia Earhart T-AKE-6.jpg
USNS Carl Brashear (T-AKE-7) Lewis and Clark T-AKE7SDMay2009.jpg
USNS Wally Schirra (T-AKE-8) Lewis and Clark US Navy 100609-N-8241M-061 USNS Wally Schirra (T-AKE 8) pulls into port at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.jpg
USNS Matthew Perry (T-AKE-9) Lewis and Clark US Navy 110321-N-4743B-146 An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter takes off from the Military Sealift Command dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Matthew Per.jpg
USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE-10) Lewis and Clark Charles Drew.jpg
USNS Washington Chambers (T-AKE-11) Lewis and Clark USNS Washington Chambers (T-AKE-11) underway in October 2014.JPG
USNS William McLean (T-AKE-12) Lewis and Clark USNS Wiliam McLean (T-AKE-12) underway in 2013.JPG
USNS Medgar Evers (T-AKE-13) Lewis and Clark USNS Medgar Evers (T-AKE-13) in the Arabian Sea in 2013.jpg
USNS Cesar Chavez (T-AKE-14) Lewis and Clark USNS Cesar Chavez (T-AKE-14) underway in December 2014.JPG
Fast combat support (T-AOE)
Name Hull No. Class Photo Notes
USNS Supply (T-AOE-6) Supply US Navy 020919-N-3653A-001 MSC USNS Supply steams in the Med.jpg
USNS Rainier (T-AOE-7) Supply US Navy 041221-N-1229B-029 The Military Sealift Command (MSC) fast combat support ship USNS Rainier (T-AOE 7) shown underway in the Western Pacific Ocean.jpg in reserve
USNS Arctic (T-AOE-8) Supply US Navy 101010-N-8913A-153 he Military Sealift Command fast combat support ship USNS Arctic (T-AOE 8) breaks away from the aircraft carrier USS Geo.jpg
USNS Bridge (T-AOE-10) Supply USNS Bridge (T-AOE 10).jpg in reserve
Afloat Staging Command Support Program (PM7)
Command (LCC)
Name Hull No. Class Photo Notes
USS Mount Whitney (LCC-20) Blue Ridge USS Mount Whitney;10012001.jpg Amphibious command ship
Expeditionary Transfer Dock (T-ESD)B
Name Hull No. Class Photo Notes
USNS Montford Point (T-ESD-1) Montford Point USNS Montford Point (T-MLP-1) underway in July 2014.JPG
USNS John Glenn (T-ESD-2) Montford Point USNS John Glenn (T-MLP-2) underway in January 2014.jpg
BNote: The Montfort Point-class has a sub-class of Expeditionary Mobile Base ships that have all since been commissioned and are operated by the Navy as United States Ships (USS).
Cable Laying/Repair (T-ARC)
Name Hull No. Class Photo Notes
USNS Zeus (T-ARC-7) Zeus USNS Zeus.jpg
Expeditionary Fast Transport Program (PM8)
Expeditionary Fast Transport (T-EPF)
Name Hull No. Class Photo Notes
USNS Spearhead (T-EPF-1) Spearhead USNS Spearhead with helicopter during sea trials.jpg
USNS Choctaw County (T-EPF-2) Spearhead USNS Choctaw County awaits delivery. (9135925006).jpg
USNS Millinocket (T-EPF-3) Spearhead USNS Millinocket (JHSV-3) underway in May 2015.JPG
USNS Fall River (T-EPF-4) Spearhead USNS Fall River completes acceptance.jpg
USNS Trenton (T-EPF-5) Spearhead USNS Trenton gets underway from Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story. (30993944493).jpg
USNS Brunswick (T-EPF-6) Spearhead USNS Brunswick (JHSV-6) at Austal USA in May 2015.JPG
USNS Carson City (T-EPF-7) Spearhead USNS Carson City (T-EPF-7) at Baltimore (USA) on 12 October 2016.JPG
USNS Yuma (T-EPF-8) Spearhead US Navy 170701-N-OH262-002 USNS Yuma (T-EPF-8) pier-side.jpg
USNS City of Bismarck (T-EPF-9) Spearhead USNS City of Bismarck (T-EPF-9) moors at Key West on 13 February 2018 (180213-N-SX614-016).jpg
USNS Burlington (T-EPF-10) Spearhead USNS Burlington (T-EPF-10) pulls into Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek–Fort Story on 14 February 2019 - 1.jpg
USNS Puerto Rico (T-EPF-11) Spearhead USNS Puerto Rico (T-EPF-11) successfully completed the first integrated sea trials on 22 August 2019.jpg
USNS Newport (T-EPF-12) Spearhead USNS Newport (T-EPF-12) successfully completed integrated sea trials on 30 July 2020.jpg
USNS Apalachicola (T-EPF-13) Spearhead under construction
USNS Cody (T-EPF-14) Spearhead under construction
USNS Point Loma (T-EPF-15) Spearhead under construction

Previous MSC Ships

See also


  1. ^ "MSC ships 2018" (PDF). Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Navy Plans to Retire 48 Ships During 2022-2026".
  3. ^ "US Navy Fact File". 23 February 2017. Retrieved 22 January 2018.

External links

  • Military Sealift Command Ship Inventory by Program
  • RRF Locations