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US Navy Matthew Perry cargo ship provides logistic support USS Essex Landing Helicopter Dock


U.S. Navy Military Sealift Command (MSC) dry cargo/ammunition ship USNS Matthew Perry provided logistics services to the ships of the USS Essex Amphibious Readiness Group as they conducted pre-deployment exercises and qualifications, off the coast of Southern California,


US Navy Matthew Perry cargo ship provides logistic support USS Essex Landing Helicopter Dock 925 001 The Navy’s Wasp-class landing helicopter dock ship USS Essex (LHD-2) conducts underway replenishment operations with the Military Sealift Command dry cargo/ammunition ship USNS Matthew Perry Off the coast of Southern California. (Picture source U.S. Navy)


The Navy’s Wasp-class landing helicopter dock ship USS Essex (LHD-2) conducts underway replenishment operations with the Military Sealift Command dry cargo/ammunition ship USNS Matthew Perry Off the coast of Southern California. Perry provided logistics services to the ships of the USS Essex Amphibious Readiness Group as they conducted pre-deployment exercises and qualifications. Through a series of replenishments-at-sea (RAS), Perry delivered 81 pallets of food, parts and equipment as well as 600 thousand gallons of diesel ship fuel JP5 aviation fuel.

Perry’s logistics support at sea, enabled the ARG to remain at sea longer and to conduct more than one certification in an underway period, reducing the at-sea time for the ships pre-deployment.

USNS Matthew Perry (T-AKE-9) is a Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo ship of the United States Navy. The contract to build Matthew Perry was awarded to National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO) of San Diego, California, on 30 January 2006. Her keel was laid down on 3 October 2008. She was launched and christened on 16 August 2009.

As part of Military Sealift Command’s (MSC) Naval Fleet Auxiliary Force (NFAF), the ship's mission is to deliver ammunition, provisions, stores, spare parts, potable water and petroleum products to carrier battle groups and other naval forces. 

USS Essex (LHD-2) is a Wasp-class Landing Helicopter Dock in service with the United States Navy. The amphibious assault ship was built at what is now Huntington Ingalls Industries in Pascagoula, Mississippi. She was launched 23 February 1991 and commissioned on 17 October 1992 while moored at North Island NAS.

The Wasp class is a class of landing helicopter dock (LHD) amphibious assault ships operated by the United States Navy. Based on the Tarawa class, with modifications to operate more advanced aircraft and landing craft, the Wasp class is capable of transporting almost the full strength of a United States Marine Corps Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), and landing them in hostile territory via landing craft or helicopters as well as providing air support via AV-8B Harrier II attack aircraft or F-35B Lightning II stealth strike-fighters.

MSCPAC (Military Sealift Command Pacific) ships continue to conduct operations in the Pacific Area of Operations in support of Commander, U.S Pacific Fleet and Commander, U.S. Third Fleet