ROK Officials Board USNS Red Cloud
Senior government officials from the Republic of Korea (ROK) visited one of Military Sealift Command’s (MSC) largest Maritime Prepositioning Force ships, Large, Medium-Speed, Roll-on/Roll-off Ship (LMSR) USNS Red Cloud, Aug. 19-20.
Busan Mayor Byung-soo Suh received a guided tour of the vessel, which can carry an entire U.S. Army task force, including 58 tanks, 48 other tracked vehicles, plus more than 900 trucks and other wheeled vehicles.
The event was hosted by the Military Sealift Command Office (MSCO) Korea, members of the ROK armed forces, and the crew of Red Cloud, which operationally are part of Maritime Prepositioning Ships Squadron Three (MPSRON 3).
Red Cloud is one of MSC’s 19 LMSRs and is part of 36 ships in the U.S. military’s prepositioning program. The ship is 950 feet in length, displaces more than 62,640 tons, and is operated by a crew of 30 merchant mariners under contract to MSC.
MPSRON 3, operating in the Western Pacific, maintains tactical control of the 12 ships carrying afloat prepositioned U.S. military cargo for the U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Army, and U.S. Air Force.
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