Seafaring Soldiers participate in RIMPAC with Royal Canadians

| July 14, 2012 | 0 Comments
The HMCS Victoria Canadian submarine (left) tethers itself to the LSV-2 Chief Warrant Office 3 Harold C. Clinger of the 605th Trans. Det., 545th Trans. Co., 45th CSSB, 45th Sust. Bde., 8th TSC, during a drill with the Royal Canadian Navy during a RIMPAC exercise at JBPHH, July 9. (Photo by Spc. Tiffany Dusterhoft | 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs)

The HMCS Victoria Canadian submarine (left) tethers itself to the LSV-2 Chief Warrant Office 3 Harold C. Clinger of the 605th Trans. Det., 545th Trans. Co., 45th CSSB, 45th Sust. Bde., 8th TSC, during a drill with the Royal Canadian Navy during a RIMPAC exercise at JBPHH, July 9. (Photo by Spc. Tiffany Dusterhoft | 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs)

Sgt. Gaelen Lowers
8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM — When members of the Royal Canadian Navy learned they would be working closely with American forces participating in the Rim of the Pacific Exercise, or RIMPAC, they didn’t anticipate that it would be the U.S. Army.

Soldiers of the 605th Transportation Detachment, 545th Trans. Company, 524th Combat Service Support Battalion, 45th Sustainment Brigade, 8th Theater Sust. Command, employed the unique capabilities of the Army’s logistical support vessel, or LSV, in a joint sonar exercise, here, July 9, with the crew of the Royal Canadian Navy’s HMCS Victoria, a Victoria-class submarine.

The HMCS Victoria Canadian submarine surfaces next to the Hawthorne Eight and the logistical support vessel of the 605th Transportation Detachment, 545th Transportation Company, 45th Combat Service Support Battalion, 45th Sustainment Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, during a drill with the Royal Canadian Navy during the Rim of the Pacific Exercise, held at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, July 9. (Photo by Sgt. Gaelen Lowers | 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs)

The HMCS Victoria Canadian submarine surfaces next to the Hawthorne Eight and the logistical support vessel of the 605th Transportation Detachment, 545th Transportation Company, 45th Combat Service Support Battalion, 45th Sustainment Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, during a drill with the Royal Canadian Navy during the Rim of the Pacific Exercise, held at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, July 9. (Photo by Sgt. Gaelen Lowers | 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs)

The joint exercise marked the first sonar sea test for the recently fielded sub.

“We picked up one of their extended sonar cables to extend the reach of their sonar capabilities,” said Chief Warrant Officer 3 Richard Garcia, 605th Trans. Det., and vessel master of the LSV-2 Chief Warrant Officer 3 Harold C. Clinger.

“It was a great opportunity for our Soldiers to see something different and to experience some real-world training,” Garcia added. “We overcame obstacles to get the mission completed. We enjoyed facilitating our neighbors to the north, and if given the opportunity, we would do it again.”

Every two years, more than 20 countries across the Pacific coast participate in RIMPAC, the world’s largest international maritime warfare exercise. This year’s exercise, being held at Pearl Harbor, began in June and runs through July. It marks the 23rd biennial exercise since its inception in 1971.

Sgt. Elisa Roth (right), leading seaman aboard the logistical support vessel for the 605th Transportation Detachment, 545th Transportation Company, 45th Combat Service Support Battalion, 45th Sustainment Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, helps Staff Sgt. Roberto Alarcon, engineer,605th Eng. Co., put on his fire gear during a drill with the Royal Canadian Navy, held during the Rim of the Pacific Exercise, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, July 9. (Photo by Sgt. Gaelen Lowers | 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs)

Sgt. Elisa Roth (right), leading seaman aboard the logistical support vessel for the 605th Transportation Detachment, 545th Transportation Company, 45th Combat Service Support Battalion, 45th Sustainment Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, helps Staff Sgt. Roberto Alarcon, engineer,605th Eng. Co., put on his fire gear during a drill with the Royal Canadian Navy, held during the Rim of the Pacific Exercise, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, July 9. (Photo by Sgt. Gaelen Lowers | 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs)

RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world’s oceans.

Although the Royal Canadian Navy seamen described being taken aback when they learned they would be working with the U.S. Army and not the U.S. Navy, the LSV and crew quickly proved more than capable.

The LSV’s primary mission supports U.S. military operations worldwide by providing necessary equipment, supplies and troop movements. Its support is as far-reaching as Southwest Asia and the Caribbean, and as close as the neighboring island of Hawaii.

“Typically, we support all aspects of infantry equipment from Oahu to the Big Island and beyond in support of the warfighter in Afghanistan,” Garcia said.

This day, the LSV crew saw something completely different, but was up to the challenge.

“Usually when we work with navies, we work with navies,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class John Casey, weapons engineering technician, Royal Canadian Navy. “We’re not used to seeing Soldiers at sea, so it has been a unique experience for us, but the guys and girls here have been great, and it has been great working with them.

“They understand what we need and what we’re doing,” Casey continued. “If given the opportunity we would want to work with the Army again!”

The submarine is a diesel-electric hybrid, designed in the United Kingdom in the late 1970s. After being decommissioned by the U.K., Canada purchased the submarines in 1998, and this test was the first sonar sea test of the sub since its purchase.

The HMCS Victoria surfaced beside the 605th’s LSV, effectively handing over a thick wire filled with fiber optics. Once the wire was connected between the two vessels, the submarine used the equipment on the LSV to listen with its sonar.

The official name for the sonar is a “towed array sonar,” which is basically a long cable with hydrophones or small microphones that is trailed behind the ship when deployed, according to Lt. Cmdr. Ben Thomson, submarine technical officer, Royal Canadian Navy.

The hydrophones are placed at specific distances along the cable and can be used to detect sound sources.

The real value of the array is that it can be used not only to calculate the distance and direction of a sound source, but also to determine the type of ship based on machinery noise.

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