CONTAINER SHIPS TO BE RENAMED FOR ARMY HEROES
Army Chief of Staff Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan will unveil ship's bells and name
boards for two container ships to be renamed after Army Medal of Honor
recipients at a ceremony Feb. 13, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., at BethShip, Sparrows Point
Yard, Md. The ships are undergoing conversions to meet Army requirements and
U.S. Coast Guard standards. The vessels will be delivered to the Navy's
Military Sealift Command to become part of the Army Preposition Afloat Force.
The ships, owned by Maersk Line Limited, and chartered to the Navy, will be
renamed the M/V LTC Calvin P. Titus and the M/V SP5 Eric G. Gibson. Lt. Col.
Titus earned the Medal of Honor in 1900 for gallantry in action in Peking,
China. Technician, 5th Grade Gibson was awarded the Medal of Honor
posthumously in 1944 for his gallantry in action in Italy during World War
When work at BethShip is complete, the ships will sail to Charleston, S.C.,
where they will be loaded with Army supplies and materiel, such as spare parts,
food, and tools. The ships will then join the Army Prepositioned fleet in
Saipan where they will become a key element in U.S. strategic mobility
capability. The Army Prepo Afloat Force is part of the Military Sealift
Command Afloat Prepositioning Force which maintains supply ships for all the
services at various locations around the world. The force was established to
improve response time for delivery of urgently needed supplies and equipment to
a theater of operations during a crisis.
The converted container ships are the first to be delivered to MSC under a
plan to modernize the Prepo Afloat Force. In addition to the converted
container ships, the Navy is acquiring new Large Medium-Speed Roll-on/Roll-off
ships called LMSRs. The LMSRs will replace smaller roll-on/roll-off ships
currently being used to hold the equipment for an Army brigade-sized task
Correspondents wishing to cover the ceremony should contact Maj.
Ray Whitehead at Army Public Affairs, 703-697-7589, or Ms. Tonya McCullough,
Military Sealift Command, 202-685-5055.