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February 27, 2008. USS RAINIER (AOE-7) vessel named after Mt. Rainier, USNS Rainier is the second ship in the Supply class of fast combat support ships. After service in the United States Navy from 1995 through 2003 as USS Rainier, her weapons systems were removed and she was transferred on August 29, 2003 to the Military Sealift Command, which designated her USNS Rainier (T-AOE-7)...Rainier has the speed to keep up with the carrier strike groups. She rapidly replenishes Navy task forces. She receives petroleum products, ammunition and stores from shuttle ships and redistributes these items simultaneously to carrier strike group ships. This reduces the vulnerability of serviced ships by reducing alongside time...Like other fast combat support ships, she is part of MSC's Naval Fleet Auxiliary Force.