Army sustainment troops, divers, watercraft, support RIMPAC 2014

| July 14, 2014 | 0 Comments
An Army vessel lowering its bow ramp as it approaches shore.

Photos courtesy of 8th Theater Sustainment Command
MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII, Kaneohe Bay — LSV2 CW3 Harold A. Clinger, crewed by the163rd Transportation Detachment, arrives here, July 2, to conduct the first of eight surface lifts between Kaneohe Bay and Kawaihae Harbor in support of 3rd Marines as part of 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.

Sgt. 1st Class Mary Ferguson
8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs
JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM — Hawaii-based Army watercraft assets, divers and sustainment troops are playing major roles in surface/vertical lift, casualty evacuation and Logistics over the Shore (LOTS) operations during the biennial Rim of the Pacific 2014 exercise, through Aug. 1.
The 8th Theater Sustainment Command joined the 22 nations, 49 ships, six submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel participating in the world’s largest international exercise, designed to provide unique training opportunities and strengthen the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring safety of sea lanes and security in the world’s oceans.
Nearly 70 percent of the world is water and 80 percent of the world’s population lives on or near a coast, so freedom of movement is essential, especially in the Pacific region.
“The global maritime environment is too large and too complex for any one service or nation to safeguard and respond to situations in and around it alone,” said Sgt. 1st Class Brandon Roth, operations lead, 8th TSC.
RIMPAC will exercise a wide range of capabilities and situations, from disaster response and maritime security operations to sea control and complex warfighting. It will also feature a humanitarian assistance/disaster relief event to facilitate training and certification for expeditionary forces to respond to foreign disasters.
During the exercise, the 524th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion will set up and validate its Early Entry Command Post’s ability to monitor, battle track and provide mission command in an austere environment.
Seagoing Soldiers of the 163rd Transportation Detachment crew the LSV-2 CW3 Harold A. Clinger, an Army logistic support vessel, for long-range escort and harbor approach operations with the Navy and Coast Guard during RIMPAC. LSV-2 is providing eight surface lifts in support of 3rd Marines as well.
The vessel 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.
During LOTS operations, the 7th Engineer Dive Det. will conduct port reconnaissance. The LSV-2 crew will exercise working in unimproved port conditions, as the 545th Trans. Harbormaster Det. provides command and control to train and validate the unit’s Harbormaster Command and Control Center for employment in remote and unpredictable environments.
“The operations we’re participating in this next month will help us learn, communicate and operate with our counterparts, as we discover each other’s capabilities and how we can work together to maximize their impact,” said Roth.

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