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Courtesy: CAPT Sean P. Tortora
USNS Patuxent T-AO 201 conducting CONREP with two guide missile frigates (FFG) in the Baltic Sea 2007.
And yes: there is industry leading pay and job security, for
UNREP AS A CAREER
The business of UNREP is both exciting and demanding. if you choose UNREP as a career you will most certainly be
Any former or retired UNREP crewmember from Master to employed by MSC, and that translates into a secure federal engine room wiper will say UNREP was the best time they job in which you can build an entire career. Indeed: UNREP is had at sea. Moreover, UNREP is professionally rewarding, serious business. Romeo Closed Up!
providing a sense of tangible accomplishment, a key factor in determining job satisfaction. There are not many jobs ashore, never mind at sea, where the success of a single evolution,
The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and not those of the U.S. Merchant such as UNREP, will enable a key national security asset to
Marine Academy, the Maritime Administration, remain on station to defend the Nation.
the Department of Transportation or the United
Other examples of the bene? ts that an UNREP career can
States government. Captain Sean Tortora is a provide include the sheer variety of skills required and the
Master Mariner with twenty-? ve years at sea, lack of boredom at work. No two UNREPS are the same and most of which was spent with the Military the schedule is always changing. Working on the newest and
Sealift Command on their Combat Logistic Force ships. He has most advanced mission orientated ships provides the oppor- conducted over 2,000 underway replenishments. He is also an unlimited Master of towing vessels and Master of underway tunity to both expand both sea-going technical knowledge as replenishment vessels. Tortora holds a BS in Marine Transportation well as maritime skills in some of the industry’s toughest con- and MS in International Transportation Management from the ditions. The camaraderie of working with true professionals
State University of New York Maritime College. Today, he is a with decades of experience, and in the process making friends professor at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.
for life is yet another intangible bene? t.
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