Alabama company awarded defense contract
The ship's new name will be USNS PFC Eugene A. Obregon.
The ship has been under long-term charter to MSC since 1985. The ship will remain crewed by about 26 U.S. merchant mariners employed by Waterman Steamship Corp. of Mobile.
Obregon is one of 15 maritime prepositioning ships that strategically place Marine Corps equipment and supplies at sea around the world, making the cargo readily available to warfighters who are flown into a theater of operations.
The ship will transfer to U.S. government ownership on Jan. 15, 2010, and will continue to operate worldwide.
Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.
Military Sealift Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.