Ahead of this year's Support Ships Conference, we spoke exclusively to Rear Admiral Dee Mewbourne, Commander, Military Sealift Command about the role that MSC plays in supporting US operations and how innovations in fleet maintenance and the defence supply chain are having an impact on our community.
This article will cover:
- How the support and auxiliary fleet will need to adapt from point of design
- Insight on how MSC works with the UK and other NATO partners to address operational challenges
- How an evolving operational climate will affect the provision of sealift in the future
NATO and its partners are increasing their investment into ocean sciences into their defence budgets, not only for the enduring need for oceanographic and hydrographic survey to ensure safe navigation of international waters and the vast collection of commercial and ecological uses of environmental data, but also for navies to maintain their strategic relevance at sea.