LSV-2 lifts Marines

| July 11, 2014 | 0 Comments
superstructure of LSV-2

LSV-2 CW3 Harold A. Clinger


Staff Sgt. Gaelen Lowers
8th Theater Sustainment Command
JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM — As part of the biennial Rim of the Pacific 2014 exercise, Army vessel LSV2 (Logistic Support Vessel 2) CW3 Harold A. Clinger got underway from its homeport, here, to conduct the first of eight surface lifts between Kaneohe Bay and Kawaihae Harbor in support of the 3rd Marine Regiment, July 2.
The 163rd Transportation Detachment crew picked up approximately 1,500 short tons of Marine equipment for transport to the Big Island of Hawaii.
The vessel’s cargo deck is designed to hold any vehicle in the Army inventory and comparable vehicles in sister services and partner nation militaries. The flat-bottomed boat can carry up to 15 M1 Abrams main battle tanks or 82 standard containers — the equivalent of 17 loads on a C-17 Globemaster III cargo jet.

A Soldier running alongside of heavy equipment being loaded aboard LSV-2.

A seagoing Soldier-crewman with the 163rd Trans. Det. checks heavy equipment being loaded aboard the LSV2 CW3 Harold A. Clinger, July 2, for one of eight lifts from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam to Kaneohe Bay and Kawaihae Harbor.

The boat has bow and stern ramps for roll-on and -off operations, and can also beach itself to load or discharge cargo over the shore in as little as 4 feet of water.
“The RIMPAC surface-lift mission is relatively routine for the crew who regularly transports equipment to the training area for exercises throughout the year,” said Chief Warrant Officer 4 Francis Lloyd, vessel commander.
This particular operation gave the 163rd Trans. Det. a chance to work with other services and 22 different nations, he said, and provided the crew with on-the-job training and experience on the vessel. Many of the crew members are directly out of initial training.
During RIMPAC, LSV-2 will also partner with the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, for casualty evacuation operations and a shipboard aerial resupply with the New Zealand navy, and conduct Logistics over the Shore operations.

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