USNS Carson City arrives in Port Sudan


The US Military Sealift Command (MSC) expeditionary fast transport ship USNS Carson City (EPF 7) arrived in Port Sudan, Sudan on 24 February in the first US Navy ship visit to Sudan since the creation of US Africa Command.

The port visit highlights US engagement that strives to build a partnership with the Sudanese Armed Forces, the US Navy said.

“We are honoured to work with our Sudanese partners in the enhancement of maritime security,” said Captain Frank Okata, commodore, Military Sealift Command Europe and Africa and Commander, Task Force 63.

Carson City’s visit follows the visit by US Africa Command’s Deputy Commander for Civil-Military Engagement, Ambassador Andrew Young, and Director of Intelligence, Rear Admiral Heidi Berg, between 25 and 27 January, “which fostered cooperative engagement and expanded partnership development”.

“We are at a moment of fundamental change in the bilateral relationship between the United States and Sudan, made possible by the efforts of Sudan’s civilian-led transitional government to chart a bold new course away from the legacy of the previous regime,” said Young. “This fundamental change has enabled the partnership between the Sudanese military and US Africa Command to develop and expand.”

Prior to the port visit to Sudan, Carson City operated in the Red Sea.

“This ship’s presence visit to Port Sudan is a demonstration of our commitment to strengthening the relationship between the United States and Sudan as the Sudanese people seek a democratic future,” said US Embassy Khartoum Chargé d’Affaires, Brian Shukan. “This visit in turn helps to promote peace, security, and preserve freedom of the seas.”

Like all EPFs, Carson City conducts overseas operations, and supports logistics and humanitarian aid. The ship is crewed by nearly 35 US Navy Sailors and civil service mariners.

MSC operates approximately 125 naval auxiliary civilian-crewed ships, replenishes US Navy ships, strategically prepositions combat cargo at sea, and moves military cargo and supplies used by deployed US forces and coalition partners around the world.