Seagoing troops restoring LSV 7

| November 22, 2013 | 0 Comments

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Story and photo by
Spc. Erin Sherwood
45th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs
8th Theater Sust. Command

PEARL HARBOR — Mastering the inner workings of an Army vessel can be challenging, especially when there’s more than one vessel requiring proficiency.

Waterborne Soldiers of the 45th Sustainment Brigade, 8th Theater Sust. Command, and Army Reserve mariners from 9th Mission Support Command, are currently learning the ins and outs of the 9th MSC’s logistics support vessel 7 (LSV 7) SSGT William T. Kuroda.

“We had this vessel sitting in our port,” said Sgt. 1st Class Eric Rink, senior enlisted leader, 545th Transportation Detachment, 45th Sig. Bn. “The thought was that we could use this one as well.”

The 545th is most familiar with their primary vessel, LSV 4 William T. Bunker. However, due to a busy schedule and mechanical issues with the watercraft, there is push to get the reservist’s vessel up and running as an alternate.

The active-reserve teamwork makes a lot of sense in light of the Army’s shift to reliance on watercraft for transportation of materials.

The exercise fulfills two purposes: to provide a supplementary crew for the 9th MSC, and to restore the LSV 7 to working condition.

“With the recent budget cuts, the reserves have been struggling,” said Rink. “Combining our crew with theirs allows both of us to stay strong and accomplish much more in terms of mission.”

“There are a lot of minor differences you need to know in order to work the big picture,” said Pfc. Jenna Davis, watercraft operator, 545th Trans. Det., 45th Sig. Bn. “I’ve never worked on a vessel other than the LSV 4, so it’s new to me.”

Some of those differences are ramp operation, the bow and stern structure, and the vessel’s hydraulics system.

The crew must also familiarize itself with the layout of the vessel for safety reasons. In case of a fire, a different plan will be set into motion based on the specific layout of the vessels fire safety tools.

Training at the beginning of the month focused on operation of the vessel’s lifeboat.

“The best way to compare it is with driving,” said Rink. “You have a license, you know how to drive, but a humvee demands different knowledge. You have to get comfortable with all the parts of the humvee and be able to conduct maintenance on it.”

While there aren’t any future missions set in stone for LSV 7, heavy reliance on Army watercraft make it likely the vessel will be put to good use in the future.

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