The contract will see Crowley provide full turnkey operation and management of the fleet, including crewing and scheduled/unscheduled repair and drydocking services initially for one year with four, additional one-year options. The turnover phase for the ships began on October 1.
Of these five vessels, two will remain berthed in Jacksonville and three will be homeported in Norfolk – all within the service area of Crowley’s local offices. This contract will have a positive economic impact through the creation of several new jobs in both Jacksonville and Norfolk. The ships – USNS 1st LT Harry L. Martin, USNS LCPL Roy M. Wheat, USNS SGT Matej Kocak, USNS PFC Eugene A. Obregon and the USNS MAJ Stephen W. Pless – will be used to transport cargo throughout the world in support of the U.S. military.
“Crowley is proud to have been selected to provide technical management for this government fleet,” says Crowley Government Services General Manager Paul Varghese. “This contract is a perfect fit for us, and would not be possible without the hard work and determination of our remarkable government team and the tremendous support we received from MSC.”