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Navy Capt. Peter Johansen has taken command of the Kuwait-based Military Sealift Command Office, relieving Navy Capt. Steven DeLong, according to a news release.

Johansen and members of the Military Sealift Command Expeditionary Port Unit 104, from Syracuse, N.Y., assumed control Friday of the command responsible for managing nearly 90 percent of U.S. military cargo shipped into and out of the Middle East.

Military Sealift Command Office Kuwait, established in January 2003, manages the arrival and departure of equipment such as Humvees, tanks, trucks, helicopters and supplies that transit into and out of the Persian Gulf aboard U.S. Navy and Navy-contracted ships at the Port of Ash Shuaybah.

DeLong and his team of 10 personnel were the first naval reservists to run the command, arriving for an 11-month tour in April. They coordinated more than 100 missions that deployed more than 8 million square feet of cargo and 5 million pounds of ammunition to U.S. and coalition forces.

“This has been just an incredible year for me,” said DeLong, who returns to his civilian job at Military Sealift Command headquarters in Washington, D.C.

MSC operates the Navy’s fleet of more than 120 noncombatant, civilian-crewed ships that deliver combat equipment to troops, resupply Navy ships at sea, chart the ocean floor and perform a variety of other missions for the Defense Department.

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