Military Sealift Command Far East (MSCFE)
Sealift Logistics Command Far East (SEALOGFE)
The mission of Military Sealift Command Far East (MSCFE) is to safely and efficiently operate Military Sealift Command-controlled ships to provide services in support of the United States Pacific Command, United States Transportation Command and other commands as directed.
Prior to 2006, the mission of Military Sealift Command Far East was to act as the representative of Commander, Military Sealift Command in the Western Pacific and Indian Oceans; to provide a combat-ready logistics force, sustained sealift, and special mission ships as required in support of unified and fleet commanders.
MSCFE's area of responsibility as of 2011 covered more than 50 million square miles of ocean stretching from the mid-Pacific to the Indian Ocean and from the Bering Sea to Antarctica.
Military Sealift Command Far East was first established on 1 July 1950, at North Dock in Yokohama, Japan, as the Military Sea Transportation Service, Western Pacific. Since the early 1950's, the Command played a major role in maintaining the peace on the volatile, divided Korean peninsula by providing logistical support that keep US forces equipped with the best and most modern combat equipment and supplies.
The Command was renamed Military Sea Transportation Service, Far East, on 16 April 1960. The command assumed the name Military Sealift Command Far East (MSCFE), on 1 August 1970. MSCFE provided direct support to Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm in 1990 and 1991.
MSCFE provided direct support to Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003, moving thousands of tons of combat equipment and supplies into theater.
MSCFE mobilized its ships to support the world's disaster relief operations in South and Southeast Asia following the tsunami that devastated the region in December 2004, killing more than 200,000 people and leaving countless numbers homeless. Over a 5 month period, Maritime Prepositioning Force and Naval Fleet Auxiliary Force ships delivered 305,000 gallons of potable water, 913 tons of food, 355 tons of supplies and 14 tons of medical supplies.
In early 2005, MSCFE positioned oceanographic survey ship USNS John McDonnell in the vicinity of Bandah Aceh, Indonesia, to support the Navy Oceanography Command's hydrographic surveys of navigational routes affected by the massive undersea earthquake. Further, MSCFE provided logistical support to hospital ship USNS Mercy, which deployed to provide medical assistance in Indonesia. Mercy's on board Medical Treatment Facility personnel treated more than 100,000 patients and performed 466 surgeries.
MSCFE was renamed as Sealift Logistics Command Far East (SEALOGFE) in July 2006 as part of Military Sealift Command's global transformation. Also in July 2006, SEALOGFE moved to Sembawang Wharves in Singapore to be closer to its primary client, the US Navy's Commander, Logistics Group Western Pacific.
From May through September 2010, SEALOGFE provided logistical support to the civil service mariner-crewed USNS Mercy, as it served as one of the platforms for Pacific Partnership 2010, a humanitarian and civic assistance mission to Southeast Asia. During the ship's 144-days of operations, Mercy's shipboard doctors and nurses treated more than 100,000 people in Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia and Timor-Leste. The ship's personnel distributed more than 58,000 pairs of eyeglasses and sunglasses, and provided dental care for more than 12,000 patients. In addition, the Mercy team conducted more than 24,000 hours of information exchanges in the four countries visited. The team also participated in 62 community service projects ashore, the majority at schools and orphanages.
In 2011, as part of another transformation effort, the command was renamed back to Military Sealift Command Far East (MSCFE).
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