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MSC operates 24 Special Missions ships. These ships provide operating platforms and services for unique U.S. military and federal government missions. Ships include: oceanographic and hydrographic survey ships, a cable-laying ship, missile range instrumentation ships, ocean surveillance ships, counter drug ships and some chartered vessels for unique U.S. government operations, including deep water search and rescue missions and Navy submarine test support escort.
Most Special Missions ships are crewed by civilian mariners employed by companies under contract to MSC; a few of the ships are crewed by civil service mariners. Technical work, research and communications are conducted by embarked military personnel, including civilian scientists and related technicians