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Release No: 035-95
February 08, 1995

No. 035-P:02/08/95:CONTAINER SHIPS TO BE RENAMED FOR ARMY H

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 II.

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 force.

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.


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