Please join us on Sunday at 5pm (EDT) for Midrats Episode 222: USS PONCE (AFSB(I)-15) Lessons with CAPT Jon N. Rodgers, USN

As with most concepts and good ideas, you really don’t know what you need and how you need to do it until you put Sailors to task and head to sea.

The idea of an Afloat Forward Staging Base has, in a variety of forms, been a regular part of naval operations arguably for centuries under different names and with different equipment.

What about the 21st Century? More than just a story about the use and utility of the AFSB concept, the story of the USS PONCE is larger than that – it also has a lot to say about how one can quickly turn an old LPD around for a new mission, and how you can blend together the different but complementary cultures of the US Navy Sailors and the Military Sealift Command civilian mariners.

Our guest for the full hour to discuss this and more will be Captain Jon N. Rodgers, USN, former Commanding Officer of the USS PONCE AFSB(I)-15.

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Posted by Mark Tempest in Foreign Policy, Hard Power, History, Marine Corps, Maritime Security, Navy, Soft Power
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  • Richard Johnson

    I guess that I will start out with the first question for the CDR Salamander radio show:

    CAPT Rodgers, can you explain why you decided to wear a USMC rigger’s belt on on your US Navy coveralls in your photo on the USNI blog site?

    Were you trying to “bond” with the merchant mariners that were assigned to your crew by wearing an out of regulations US Navy uniform?

    Richard Johnson

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