Deployable HCCC capable of monitoring vessels globally

| November 9, 2012 | 1 Comment

Col. Charles Maskell (right end, front), deputy commander, 8th TSC, talks with Chief Warrant Officer 4 Richard Turner (right end, center), commander, 545th Harbormaster Det., 524th CSSB, 45th Sust. Bde., 8th TSC, as they tour the Harbormaster Command and Control Center, a new piece of equipment provided to the detachment, Oct. 24.

Story and photos by
Staff Sgt. Gaelen Lowers
8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs

FORD ISLAND — The Army received a new tool in the fight against terror, and 21 Soldiers from the 545th Harbormaster Detachment, 524th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 45th Sustainment Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, had the opportunity to take it on a test run.

The Harbormaster Command and Control Center is a deployable logistics center capable of knowing the contents and locations of multiple supply vessels. It can manage harbors, ports and beaches, and provides commanders the flexibility to adapt to changing missions.

Esau Esau (standing, back left), lead task training for the HCC, discusses the capabilities of the new piece of equipment with various VIPs from the 8th TSC during training, Oct. 24.

“The HCCC and sea vessels are comparable to air traffic controls and airplanes,” said Chief Warrant Officer 4 Richard Turner, commander, 545th Harbormaster Det. “We monitor vessels coming in and out of port worldwide now. Wherever there’s a mission or a beach, the HCCC and the 545th Harbormaster Det. can be there.”

The worldwide capabilities of the HCCC will put the 545th Harbormaster Soldiers directly in line to deploy if a disaster occurs.

“This is a rapid deployable system,” said Sgt. 1st Class Heath McManama. “We will take over the whole Pacific region if there are relief efforts that require vessel support. We support Army, Navy, anyone else that needs logistical sea support. As soon as we get the call, we will put everything on a ship and move out.”

The HCCC is the latest and greatest in vessel command and control operations. It provides the ability to facilitate safe navigation of watercraft in the harbor. This system gives the 545th Harbormasters and Army logisticians, in general, the sensors and knowledge management tools to establish and maintain battle awareness and command and control of the harbor and littoral environment for all worldwide overseas contingency operations.

Col. Charles Maskell (front, third from left), deputy commander, 8th TSC, commends Soldiers of the 545th Harbor Det., 524th CSSB, 45th Sust. Bde., 8th TSC, after a tour of the HCCC, Oct. 24.

“This equipment gives us a variety of opportunities to track different vessels and really expand our capabilities by 100 percent,” Turner added. “We can monitor joint logistics from the shore and any kind of watercraft operations.”

Proud of their Soldiers and the new equipment, McManama praised his Soldiers and did a little boasting.

“We can run a variety of systems, and actually, we are more ‘high-speed’ than what the Navy has to offer right now,” he said, with a smile.

Five other HCCC units are around the world, receiving field testing from various harbormaster detachments, but the Soldiers of the 545th Harbormaster Det. have outperformed them all.

“These Soldiers were chomping at the bit to get this training,” Turned concluded. “The trainers said that out of the six harbormasters that they have trained so far, that our Soldiers are the best. I am very proud of that and them.”

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