Mariners complete trans-pacific voyage supporting Pacific Pathways

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U.S. Logistics Support Vessel-2, CW3 Harold C. Clinger, crewed by 30 Army mariners, returns to Joint Base Pearl Harbor- Hickam, from a 139-day voyage across the Pacific where they supported Pacific Pathways, Oct. 23, 2015. Pacific Pathways 15.2 concept consisted of joint-multinational partners participating in a three-part series intended to increase readiness across the region through additional training while strengthening partner-forces relationships. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Nicole Howell, 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs)

U.S. Logistics Support Vessel-2, CW3 Harold C. Clinger, crewed by 30 Army mariners, returns to Joint Base Pearl Harbor- Hickam, from a 139-day voyage across the Pacific where they supported Pacific Pathways, Oct. 23, 2015. Pacific Pathways 15.2 concept consisted of joint-multinational partners participating in a three-part series intended to increase readiness across the region through additional training while strengthening partner-forces relationships. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Nicole Howell, 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs)

Sgt. 1st Class Nicole Howell
8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM — Logistic Support Vessel-2, the U.S. Army Vessel CW3 Harold C. Clinger, returned here, Oct. 22, after completing the first Army-watercraft trans-Pacific voyage in support of the Pacific Pathways concept.

Pacific Pathways 15.2 involves joining multinational partners for a three-part series of military exercises intended to increase readiness across the region through additional training and strengthened partner-force relationships.

Family members wait along the pier as the U.S. Logistics Support Vessel-2, CW3 Harold C. Clinger, crewed by 30 Army mariners, returns to Joint Base Pearl Harbor- Hickam from a 139-day voyage across the Pacific, where they supported Pacific Pathways, Oct., 23, 2015. Pacific Pathways 15.2 concept consisted of joint-multinational partners participating in a three-part series intended to increase readiness across the region through additional training while strengthening partner-forces relationships. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Nicole Howell, 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs)

Family members wait along the pier as the U.S. Logistics Support Vessel-2, CW3 Harold C. Clinger, crewed by 30 Army mariners, returns to Joint Base Pearl Harbor- Hickam from a 139-day voyage across the Pacific, where they supported Pacific Pathways, Oct., 23, 2015. Pacific Pathways 15.2 concept consisted of joint-multinational partners participating in a three-part series intended to increase readiness across the region through additional training while strengthening partner-forces relationships. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Nicole Howell, 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs)

Crew members aboard the vessel were greeted by fellow military service members, family, friends and some surprises.

“It feels amazing to be back home with my family,” said Spc. Jaren Littles, a seaman, also known as a deckhand aboard Clinger. “My wife, I love her, is five-months pregnant, and I am so happy. I was so excited to see the big belly! I had to rub the belly.”

The vessel, crewed by 29 Army mariners from the 605th Transportation Detachment, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, supported the third iteration of the Pacific-directed concept by traveling 18,000 nautical miles for eight port calls at six different ports across three different host nations: Australia, Indonesia and Malaysia – in 139 days.

“Our Army mariners are best in the business,” said Maj. Gen. Edward Dorman III, the 8th TSC commanding general. “They are self-contained, and they are able to go out for 139 days, self-sustaining. Our Army watercraft operates in the littorals in support of operational movement and maneuvers and provides the sustainment of ground forces and joint counterparts.”

Staff Sgt. Juan Vivar, a crew member of the U.S. Logistics Support Vessel-2, CW3 Harold C. Clinger, is welcomed home by his family after his return to Joint Base Pearl Harbor- Hickam, from a 139-day voyage across the Pacific, where they supported Pacific Pathways, Oct. 23, 2015. Pacific Pathways 15.2 concept consisted of joint-multinational partners participating in a three-part series intended to increase readiness across the region through additional training while strengthening partner-forces relationships. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Nicole Howell, 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs)

Staff Sgt. Juan Vivar, a crew member of the U.S. Logistics Support Vessel-2, CW3 Harold C. Clinger, is welcomed home by his family after his return to Joint Base Pearl Harbor- Hickam, from a 139-day voyage across the Pacific, where they supported Pacific Pathways, Oct. 23, 2015. Pacific Pathways 15.2 concept consisted of joint-multinational partners participating in a three-part series intended to increase readiness across the region through additional training while strengthening partner-forces relationships. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Nicole Howell, 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs)

More than 7,000 square-feet of military equipment transported by this vessel was critical for exercise support of joint forces and host nations’ militaries during Talisman Sabre 15 in Australia, Garuda Shield 15 in Indonesia and Keris Strike 15 in Malaysia.

“With our ability to travel great distances to facilitate ship-to-ship exchange and ship-to-shore, as well as move into the waterways that are contested often and often have shallow draft, they are able to go in there and work with other countries’ navies,” said Dorman. “They are building partner-nation capacity, which allows them the ability to operate in a complex world.”

The crew used its time out to sea as a way to conduct inspections and test the crew’s preparedness and reaction time during battle drills.

“Our Army mariners are here to stay and Pacific Pathways is here to stay because we see the tremendous benefit, not just for the Army, but for the joint force,” said Dorman. “It allows us to rehearse how we carry out operations, regardless of the type of operation. It builds relationships with various countries and interagency and multinational partners and builds on the readiness required to execute the Army operation concept.”

U.S. Logistics Support Vessel-2, CW3 Harold C. Clinger, crewed by 30 Army mariners, returns to Joint Base Pearl Harbor- Hickam, from a 139-day voyage across the Pacific where they supported Pacific Pathways, Oct. 23, 2015. Pacific Pathways 15.2 concept consisted of joint-multinational partners participating in a three-part series intended to increase readiness across the region through additional training while strengthening partner-forces relationships. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Nicole Howell, 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs)

U.S. Logistics Support Vessel-2, CW3 Harold C. Clinger, crewed by 30 Army mariners, returns to Joint Base Pearl Harbor- Hickam, from a 139-day voyage across the Pacific where they supported Pacific Pathways, Oct. 23, 2015. Pacific Pathways 15.2 concept consisted of joint-multinational partners participating in a three-part series intended to increase readiness across the region through additional training while strengthening partner-forces relationships. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Nicole Howell, 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs)

U.S. Logistics Support Vessel-2, CW3 Harold C. Clinger, crewed by 30 Army mariners, returns to Joint Base Pearl Harbor- Hickam, from a 139-day voyage across the Pacific where they supported Pacific Pathways, Oct., 23, 2015. Pacific Pathways 15.2 concept consisted of joint-multinational partners participating in a three-part series intended to increase readiness across the region through additional training while strengthening partner-forces relationships. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Nicole Howell, 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs)

U.S. Logistics Support Vessel-2, CW3 Harold C. Clinger, crewed by 30 Army mariners, returns to Joint Base Pearl Harbor- Hickam, from a 139-day voyage across the Pacific where they supported Pacific Pathways, Oct., 23, 2015. Pacific Pathways 15.2 concept consisted of joint-multinational partners participating in a three-part series intended to increase readiness across the region through additional training while strengthening partner-forces relationships. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Nicole Howell, 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs)

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