Army mariners, pilots conduct casevac with U.S., NZ navies

| July 19, 2014 | 0 Comments
A Black Hawk helicopter hovering over the cargo deck of an Army vessel.

Photo by Staff Sgt. Gaelen Lowers,
8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs
Army mariners from the 163rd Trans. Det. and Sailors with Coastal Riverine Squadron 11 aboard the CW3 Harold C. Clinger participate in a casualty evacuation exercise with the 25th CAB, July 10.

 

Staff Sgt. Gaelen Lowers
8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs

 
JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM — Army mariners from the 163rd Transportation Detachment and the 545th Transportation Harbormaster Detachment, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, joined their 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, and U.S. Navy and New Zealand navy comrades, for Combined Joint Logistics Over the Shore (CJLOTS) and casualty evacuation (casevac) events during Rim of the Pacific 2014.
RIMPAC provided a platform for the services and nations to display their compatibility and learn from each other, while allowing the 545th’s Harbormaster Command and Control Center (HCCC) to demonstrate its expeditionary nature and ability to provide command and control to different watercraft from different nations, crewed by multiple services.

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During the casevac on July 10, the 163rd Transportation Detachment crew and a security detail of Sailors from Coastal Riverine Squadron 11 boarded the Army’s Logistic Support Vessel-2 (LSV-22) CW3 Harold C. Clinger and traveled 10 nautical miles out as a 25th CAB HH-60 Black Hawk departed Wheeler Army Airfield to lift a simulated casualty from the vessel’s deck.
“It was great to get our services together,” said Chief Warrant Officer 2 Bryce Buckley, first mate, LSV-2. “It was the first time that 25th ID worked with us during a water-based case. That is typically a Coast Guard mission, but our LSVs are perfect for the 25th’s aircraft, because we have plenty of space between our masts for them to fly in low.”
Buckley said the overall casevac mission is critical for saving lives.
Chief Warrant Officer 2 Ryan Cain, medevac pilot, Company C, 325th Brigade Support Battalion, 25th CAB, said their typical mission sets are over land, but for RIMPAC, they’ve been working closely with the Navy and Army watercraft communities to conduct more waterborne operations, which is especially relevant here in the Pacific.

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Friday, the LSV-2 crew and their Navy counterparts worked side-by-side with the New Zealand navy during a CJLOTS exercise on the shores of Ford Island; 15 vehicles were loaded and convoyed by the 25th Trans. Co. from Schofield Barracks to Ford Island, where LSV-2 dropped its ramp for them to be driven aboard and safely lashed to the deck.
A New Zealand navy landing craft simultaneously moved into the area and dropped its ramp to load cargo boxes from the shore.
“It was different than many missions I’ve been on, because I was predominately observing how my Navy counterparts securely lash down cargo and offering my experience in that area,” said Sgt. George Sulligan, watercraft operator and responsible for cargo operations aboard the Army’s vessel. “The crews worked together, built camaraderie and learned each other’s language, which is important to the watercraft community as a whole in case we have to work together in the future.”

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