Military Sealift Command has to charter foreign flagged tankers to move fuel.

Military Sealift Command has to charter foreign flagged tankers to move fuel.

(US Navy photo)

The Military Sealift Command is using foreign flagged tankers? Spending 100’s of thousands of American tax dollars employing a company based out of Denmark to move Jet fuel for the US military.

One has to ask if the shortage of tankers and crew is an issue with the MSC ?

Would it not be more secure to use US flagged vessels to move our fuel for our aircraft?

Do we not have a tanker and crew that can move JP8?

If our fuel, food and ammo, and the ability to move it is hindered in any way then we have a strategic problem that needs to be addressed.

Sure Denmark is a great partner of the USA and we have great relations with them.  But critical supplies should only be transported with our ships if you truly want to “empower US Global Warfighting Capabilities”. And using American flagged ships to work during peacetime assures they are ready and capable if needed during war.

The United States Military Sealift command Mission statement:

Empower Global Warfighting Capabilities

“Military Sealift Command exists to support the joint warfighter across the full spectrum of military operations. Our mission is timeless and essential. Regardless of the challenge, we prevail! Working seamlessly with key partners to master the maritime and cyber domains, MSC provides on-time logistics, strategic sealift, as well as specialized missions anywhere in the world, under any condition, 24/7, 365 days a year. ”

In a recent Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessment report U.S. Maritime administrator, retired Rear Adm. Mark Buzby said the U.S. flagged merchant marine has shrunk to a degree that it would be of limited help in providing logistical support in a major conflict. And, CSBA noted, leasing cargo ships or tankers from larger international fleets is complicated by the fact that China owns or controls a substantial portion of those ships. And Buzby also warned that if the U.S. tried to expand its civilian merchant marine for a crisis, it would have trouble manning those ships — because of an estimated shortage of more than 1,000 qualified mariners.

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