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Source: US Navy (video statements)

Merchant Mariners have been essential to American economic prosperity since the founding of our nation.

At Military Sealift Command, we employ more than 5,000 merchant mariners to operate our core fleet, with hundreds more employed on contract operated ships in support of our nation’s transportation requirements and special mission needs.

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