The MPS are organized into three squadrons, each commanded by a Navy captain. MPS Squadron One, usually located in the Atlantic Ocean or Mediterranean Sea, has four ships; MPS Squadron Two, usually located at Diego Garcia, has five ships; and MPS Squadron Three, normally in the Guam/Saipan area, has four ships.
Each MPS squadron carries sufficient equipment and supplies to sustain 17,000 Marine Corps Air Ground Task Force personnel for up to 30 days. Each ship can discharge cargo either pierside or while anchored offshore using lighterage carried aboard. This capability gives the Marine Corps the ability to operate in both developed and underdeveloped areas of the world.
|Builder|| Odense Stalskibsvaerft, Lindo, Denmark|
conversions by Bethlehem Steel
|Power Plant|| 1 diesel, 16,800 bhp,|
|Displacement||46,484 tons full load|
|Capacity|| 120,080 sq. ft. vehicle,|
1,283,000 gallons petroluem,
65,000 gallons water,
|Aircraft||CH-53E Helicopter platform|
|CPL L. Hauge, Jr||T-AK 3000||Diego Garcia||07 Sep 1984|
|PFC William B. Baugh||T-AK 3001||Diego Garcia||30 Oct 1984|
|PFC J. Anderson, Jr||T-AK 3002||Diego Garcia||26 Mar 1985|
|1ST LT A. Bonnyman||T-AK 3003||Diego Garcia||26 Sep 1985|
|PVT Franklin J. Phillips||T-AK 3004||Diego Garcia||12 Sep 1985|