Military ships with civilian crews

Everyone knows USS stands for United States Ship. It’s a military ship w/ a military crew. Sounds good  So if you see a ship designated USNS, such as the USNS Laramie (T-AO 203) (seen below), you ask yourself, “what is she?” A ship designated USNS is a United States Naval Ship with the USN’s Military Sealift Command (MSC). MSC ships refuel & resupply US Navy ships. They also are US Navy owned ships with a civilian crew, with some military personnel aboard. You can also quickly identify them via their blue & yellow bands around their stacks. Have a great day & a great week…

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NORFOLK (May 25, 2018) The fleet replenishment oiler USNS Laramie (T-AO 203) departs Naval Station Norfolk (NSN). Laramie left NSN to begin an overseas deployment in support of U.S. Navy and allied forces operating in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Bill Mesta/Released)