Military Sealift Command

The United States Navy's Military Sealift Command is an organization that controls the replenishment and military transport ships of the Navy. Military Sealift Command has the responsibility for providing sealift and ocean transportation for all US military services as well as for other government agencies, it first came into existence on 9 July 1949 when the Military Sea Transportation Service became responsible for the Department of Defense's ocean transport needs. The MSTS was renamed the Military Sealift Command in 1970. Military Sealift Command ships are made up of a core fleet of ships owned by the United States Navy and others under long-term-charter augmented by short-term or voyage-chartered ships; the Navy-owned ships carry blue and gold stack colors, are in service with the prefix USNS, rather than in commission, have hull numbers as an equivalent commissioned ship would have with the prefix T- and are civilian manned by either civil service mariners or contract crews as is the case of the special mission ships.

Some ships may have Navy or Marine Corps personnel on board to carry out communication and special mission functions, or for force protection. Ships on charter or equivalent, retain commercial colors and bear the standard merchant prefix MV, SS, or GTS, without hull numbers. Eight programs compose Military Sealift Command: Fleet Oiler, Special Mission, Strategic Sealift, Salvage and Hospital Ship, Combat Logistics Force, Expeditionary Mobile Base, Amphibious Command Ship, Cable Layer and Expeditionary Fast Transport. MSC reports to the Department of Defense's Transportation Command for defense transportation matters, to the Navy Fleet Forces Command for Navy-unique matters, to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for procurement policy and oversight matters. Military Sealift Command is organized around eight programs: Fleet Oiler Program N031 Special Mission Program N032 Strategic Sealift Program N033 Tow, Salvage and Hospital Ship Program N034 Sealift Program N035 Combat Logistics Force Program N036 Expeditionary Mobile Base, Amphibious Command Ship, Cable Layer Program N037 Expeditionary Fast Transport Program N038 On 9 January 2012, the MSC command organization was reorganized via a realignment of its structure to increase its efficiency while maintaining effectiveness.

To better manage this new program structure, MSC repositioned three of its key Senior Executive Service personnel, with one SES acting as the program executive over MSC's government-operated ships, a second SES serving as the program executive over contract-operated ships, a third SES overseeing total force manpower management for MSC worldwide operations. MSC realigned two of its four mission-driven programs and adding a fifth program; the Prepositioning and Sealift programs are unchanged by the 2012 reorganization. As of June 2013, Military Sealift Command operated around 110 ships, employed 9,800 people. In 2015, the Military Sealift Command underwent further restructuring with the relocation from the former headquarters at Washington Navy Yard to Naval Station Norfolk; the Combat Logistics Force was the part of the MSC most associated with directly supporting the Navy. In 1972, a study concluded that it would be cheaper for civilians to man USN support vessels such as tankers and stores ships.

The CLF is the American equivalent of the British Royal Fleet Auxiliary. These MSC ships are painted haze gray and can be identified by the blue and gold horizontal bands around the top of their central smokestack; the Combat Logistics Force was called the Naval Fleet Auxiliary Force. After a 2012 reorganization, this program now maintains the 32 government-operated fleet underway replenishment ships from the former Naval Fleet Auxiliary Force. Fleet replenishment oilers form the Oilers Program N031, while the dry cargo/ammunition ships and fast combat support ships were separated to Explosive Program N036. Fleet Oiler Program ship types. Oceanographic and hydrographic surveys, underwater surveillance, missile flight data collection and tracking, acoustic research and submarine support are among the specialized services this program supports. Special mission ships work for several different US Navy customers, including the Naval Sea Systems Command and the Oceanographer of the Navy; these ships like those of the NFAF are painted haze gray with gold stack bands.

After a 2012 reorganization, this program now maintains all of its 24 contract-operated ships involved in missile range instrumentation, ocean surveillance and special warfare support, oceanographic survey, navigation test support. Some of its ships were transferred to the new Service Support program. Special Mission ship types.

Stoneleigh, Darlinghurst

Stoneleigh is a heritage-listed residence at 1 Darley Street in the inner city Sydney suburb of Darlinghurst in the City of Sydney local government area of New South Wales, Australia. It was built in 1860, it is known as Greencourt. It was added to the New South Wales State Heritage Register on 2 April 1999. Stoneleigh is a storey Victorian Regency style house, with a hipped corrugated steel roof, a bank of 12 paned timber framed double hung windows to the first floor, arched colonnade to the ground floor, it features a Victorian cast iron palisade fence. The colonnade extends around one side of the building; the building is rendered brick. The columns to the colonnade are octagonal with moulded caps; the building features articulated quoins. Stoneleigh is significant as a fine example of the mid Victorian villas of the wealthy, one of the earliest layers of the development of Darlinghurst, it is associated with two notable people who owned the building: Richard Jones, 1870-1892, Chairman of the Commercial Banking Company of Sydney, founder of the Maitland Mercury newspaper.

It is aesthetically significant as an exceptionally fine example of a Victorian Regency villa. Stoneleigh was listed on the New South Wales State Heritage Register on 2 April 1999. Iona, Darlinghurst This Wikipedia article was based on Stoneleigh, entry number 187 in the New South Wales State Heritage Register published by the State of New South Wales and Office of Environment and Heritage 2018 under CC-BY 4.0 licence, accessed on 13 October 2018. This Wikipedia article was based on House "Stoneleigh" Including Interior, Front Fence and Grounds, entry number 2420152 in the New South Wales Heritage Database published by the State of New South Wales and Office of Environment and Heritage 2018 under CC-BY 4.0 licence, accessed on 24 October 2018

Blue Skies (Frank Ifield album)

Blue Skies is the third album by Australian singer Frank Ifield released in 1964 on the Columbia label. Blue Skies reached No. 10 in the UK Albums Chart. It was the first Frank Ifield album released by the World Record Club. Side One "Blue Skies"† "Dark Moon" "You Came a Long Way from St. Louis"† "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" "Let Me Be the One" "I'll Be Around" Side Two "My Blue Heaven" "Sweet Lorraine"† "I'm Sorry" "Who Cares" "Make It Soon" "I've Got You Under My Skin" Accompaniment directed by Norrie Paramor and †Johnny Hawkins