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Capt. TK Murphy
Support Battalion, 196th Infantry Brigade, U.S. Army-Pacific
FORT SHAFTER — In preparation for their deployment to Kuwait, Soldiers of the 548th Transportation Detachment, Logistics Support Vessel, honed their warfighting skills across the high sea during their maritime pre-deployment sail, Aug. 8-19.
The 548th Trans. Det.’s LSV-7 partnered with Support Battalion, 196th Infantry Brigade, U.S. Army-Pacific, to complete its pre-deployment training requirements during a sail from Bishop Point, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, to the Reserve Center Pier, Tacoma, Wash.
The Support Bn. conducts partnership and mobilization training for National Guard and Reserve units throughout the Pacific Rim — including all Hawaiian Islands, Guam, American Samoa and Alaska — prior to the unit’s deployments downrange.
The 38-member 548th Trans. Det. is part of 302nd Terminal Transportation Bn., 9th Mission Support Command, Army Reserve. The crew will mobilize in November and deploy to Kuwait following their post-mobilization training.
Staff Sgt. Robert Kuroda, vessel master, LSV-7, and Chief Warrant Officer 5 Michael Hanten, skipper, LSV-7, were responsible for the navigation and overall day-to-day watercraft operations aboard the Army’s vessel; 1st Lt. Jeffrey Galdones, Support Bn., accompanied the crew.
During the 10-day voyage, Hanten tested the crew’s preparedness, awareness and preparation. While performing normal watercraft operations, vessel battle drills were conducted, while Galdones observed and evaluated the crew’s execution.
Some of the vessel battle drills the crew executed during the sail included abandon ship, fire, man overboard, general quarter/battle station, quick reactionary force, and sea and anchor detail drills. Several of the battle drills were practiced and executed again and again throughout the voyage, until the crew met the standard.
Most of the battle drills involved crew members getting to their assigned stations, gearing up in the appropriate combat uniform and additional personal protective equipment, then ensuring battle stations and weapon systems were manned and ready, in the allotted four minutes after being alerted or the sounding of an alarm.
“Overall, the 548th Trans. Det. (LSV-7) is fully capable to sail a ship, and with the additional training received during the 196th Inf. Bde.’s post-mobilization, the crew will be ready for deployment,” Galdones said.
The LSVs are the Army’s largest powered watercraft and are designed to carry tons of cargo from strategic sealift ships to shore during maritime operations. The vessels are a critical force-
projection enabler used in intra-theater contingency operations and can be beached on shore or to port, lending flexibility to mission parameters to drop off cargo.
The 548th Trans. Det.’s mission is to provide theater logistics support and cargo transportation along coastal and inland waterways. It conducts roll-on, roll-off operations to transport heavy equipment and is capable of discharging a payload of 2,000 short tons of vehicles and cargo. The detachment also conducts container handling of general equipment, vehicular and other oversized or overweight cargo.