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Posted: January 29, 2010


On Dec. 6, Congressman Solomon Ortiz visited the Military Sealift Command large, medium-speed, roll-on/roll-off ship USNS Soderman in Corpus Christi, Texas. Rep. Ortiz represents the 27th District of Texas and serves as chairman of the Readiness Subcommittee on the House Armed Services Committee and also serves on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. The Soderman is currently involved in research and development exercises pertaining to advanced roll-on/roll-off capabilities for MSC and Naval Sea Systems Command. The vessel is operated by Ocean Ships Inc. and manned in all licensed positions by American Maritime Officers. AMO members onboard the ship with the Congressman included (left to right) First Assistant Engineer Russell Crane, Chief Mate Brent Acuff, Third A.E. Matthew Davis, Congressman Solomon Ortiz, Electronics Officer John Hunt, Chief Engineer John Fleming and Third Mate Angela Slavic.