Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Guadalupe (T-AO 200) recently completed its support of the of the joint training exercise, Northern Edge 2021, in the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex.
During the month-long exercise, Guadalupe provided logistics services to the U.S. Navy’s aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt strike group, and the Makin Island amphibious ready group participating in Northern Edge, delivering 587 pallets of food and provisions, as well as over 3.5 million gallons of diesel ship fuel and nearly 1.7 million gallons of JP5 aviation fuel via 16 replenishments at sea.
Alaska’s strategic location is vital to maintaining peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. Being able to conduct cargo operations in Seward allows MSC and its ships to provide much needed supplies to ships conducting operations in the area, or passing through to other theaters of operation.
“MSC’s ability to sustain a forward reach in austere and contested environments is more important than ever” explained Matt Sweeney, Deputy Commander, Military Sealift Command Pacific. “Testing our ability to operate in harsh and remote environments allows MSC to identify hard spots and challenges us in a way that is critical to our military’s readiness and to MSC’s ability to execute our mission of providing on-time logistics, strategic sealift, and specialized missions anywhere in the world, under any conditions, 24/7, 365 days a year.”
Northern Edge 2021 is a joint training exercise led by Headquarters Pacific Air Forces, scheduled on and above central Alaska ranges and the Gulf of Alaska. Northern Edge is one in a series of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command exercises in 2021 that prepares joint forces to respond to crises in the Indo-Pacific. The exercise is designed to sharpen participants’ tactical combat skills, to improve command, control and communication relationships, and to develop interoperable plans and programs across the joint force. Approximately 15,000 U.S. service members, six U.S. Navy ships and 240 aircraft participated.