LSV-6 crew returns from vital Kuwait mission

| November 21, 2014 | 1 Comment
Photo by Staff Sgt. Taresha Hill,  8th Military Police Brigade (Right) Spc. Chadwick Sams, watercraft engineer, 605th Trans. Det., meets his 4-month-old daughter,  Nov. 12. Sams and 30 other crew returned home after a nine-month deployment in Kuwait aboard LSV-6 “James A. Loux.”

Photo by Staff Sgt. Taresha Hill,
8th Military Police Brigade
(Right) Spc. Chadwick Sams, watercraft engineer, 605th Trans. Det., meets his 4-month-old daughter, Nov. 12. Sams and 30 other crew returned home after a nine-month deployment in Kuwait aboard LSV-6 “James A. Loux.”

Sgt. Jon Heinrich
8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM — Despite its relatively small size, the Army’s watercraft community constantly demonstrates its flexibility and dedication to global readiness, with its Pacific-based mariners often operating on the other side of the world.

Thirty-one Army mariners from the 605th Transportation Detachment, 45th Sustainment Brigade, 8th Theater Sust. Command, returned from one of those missions, Nov. 12, after their nine-month deployment to Kuwait where they crewed U.S. Army Logistic Support Vessel-6 “James A. Loux.”

“It brings me great joy to welcome back this detachment as it marks the first time in over a year that all three detachments of the 545th Transportation Company are at home station,” said Capt. Christopher J. Vesce, commander, 545th Trans. Co. “Last year has been nonstop for the 605th.”

The 605th was stationed at Kuwait Naval Base and transported critical cargo throughout the Persian Gulf in more than 30 underway missions, totaling 110 days at sea and 17,500 nautical miles of travel.

The crew also participated in Operation Eager Lion 14, exercising its ability to load tanks and other large vehicles from ship to ship, while training with special operations teams from five other countries.

As the troops reunited with their families, Vesce said, “I know everyone is anxious to get back to living the dream, here, in Hawaii, but let’s make sure we all stay safe and look after each other during this transition.”

The 605th troops are typically stationed here and operate one of the 8th TSC’s LSVs during transportation and cargo ops missions throughout the Pacific region, averaging more than 200 days underway each year.

(Editor’s note: U.S. Army Logistic Support Vessel-6 “James A. Loux,” unlike the waterborne warriors, remains in support of theater cargo operations and did not redeploy with its crew.)

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