Army vessel departs in support of Pacific Pathways

| August 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

Army Mariners Pacific Pathways

Story and photos by Staff Sgt. John C. Garver
8th Theater Sustainment Command

FORD ISLAND — Soldiers from 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, loaded cargo and military vehicles on board the 8th Theater Sustainment Command’s Logistic Support Vessel-2, the U.S. Army vessel CW3 Harold A. Clinger, Aug. 10, in preparation for Pacific Pathways 16-3.

Pacific Pathways 16-3 is the third iteration of the U.S. Army-Pacific concept for deploying U.S. Army enablers in the Indo-Asia Pacific area of responsibility in existing security cooperation exercises and engagements linked together into a deliberate, sequenced operation partner.

Army mariners from 605th Transportation Detachment, 545th Transportation Company, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, hold a farewell ceremony as they prepare to deploy on the 8th TSC's Logistics Support Vessel-2, the CW3 Harold C. Clinger, August 12 at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, in support of Pacific Pathways 16.3 (Photo by Sgt. Jon Heinrich, 8th TSC Public Affairs/RELEASED)

Army mariners from hold a farewell ceremony as they prepare to deploy on the 8th TSC’s LSV-2, CW3 Harold C. Clinger, Aug. 12, in support of Pacific Pathways 16.3

“The LSV has a great reputation of being able to move equipment here in the Pacific,” said Warrant Officer Miguel Flores, mobility officer, 3rd BCT. “The Soldiers are loading about 70 pieces of equipment, which will take up about 8,500 square feet of the vessel.

During Pacific Pathways 16-3, the LSV, crewed by 31 Army mariners from the 605th Transportation Detachment, 130th Engineer Bde., 8th TSC, will provide sustainment support to the 25th ID’s 3rd BCT by transporting cargo and equipment across the Pacific waters to Nagoya, Japan, for Exercise Orient Shield 16.

“These Soldiers will become familiar with loading and pre-staging equipment for travel by sea, and (they will) experience what capabilities are available to them,” said Chief Warrant Officer 3 Kevin Willis, commander, 605th Detachment.

The LSV is an enabler for the Pacific Pathway mission and an available asset to the commander of U.S. Pacific Command, Willis explained. When the LSV arrives in Japan, the cargo and equipment will be unloaded for 3rd BCT to participate in Orient Shield. Once its mission is complete, the cargo will be loaded back on to the vessel.

Soldiers from 325th Brigade Support Battalion, 25th Infantry Division, load cargo and military vehicles on board the 8th Theater Sustainment Command's Logistic Support Vessel-2, the U.S. Army Vessel CW3 Harold A. Clinger, August 10 at Ford Island, Hawaii in preparation for Pacific Pathway 16.3 Pacific Pathways is the third iteration of the U.S. Army Pacific-directed concept for the employment of U.S. Army enablers in the Indo-Asia Pacific Area of Responsibility that is based on existing partnership exercise programs. The crew of LSV-2 will transport the cargo to Nagoya, Japan for exercise Orient Shield 16. (photo by Staff Sgt. John Garver, 8th TSC PAO)

The crew of LSV-2 will transport the cargo to Nagoya, Japan for exercise Orient Shield 16.

“Army Watercraft are a heavily used resource in moving personnel, equipment and supplies where they are needed, when they are needed, throughout the region,” said Sgt. 1st Class Tim Carman, 605th Det.

Carman said that the LSV is a unique, self-sustaining vessel with a shallow draft enabling it to dock at almost any shore. The vessel’s cargo deck is designed to hold any vehicle in the U.S. Army inventory, to include M1 Abrams main battle tanks or 82 standard containers, which is the equivalent of 17 C-17 aircraft loads.

Soldiers from 325th Brigade Support Battalion, 25th Infantry Division, load cargo and military vehicles on board the 8th Theater Sustainment Command's Logistic Support Vessel-2, the U.S. Army Vessel CW3 Harold A. Clinger, August 10 at Ford Island, Hawaii in preparation for Pacific Pathway 16.3 Pacific Pathways is the third iteration of the U.S. Army Pacific-directed concept for the employment of U.S. Army enablers in the Indo-Asia Pacific Area of Responsibility that is based on existing partnership exercise programs. The crew of LSV-2 will transport the cargo to Nagoya, Japan for exercise Orient Shield 16. (photo by Spc. Jaime Ruiz 8th TSC PAO)

Soldiers from 325th Brigade Support Battalion, 25th Infantry Division, load cargo and military vehicles for Pacific Pathways, the third iteration of the USARPAC-directed concept for the employment of Army enablers in the Indo-Asia Pacific area of responsibility that is based on existing partnership exercise programs.  (Photo by Spc. Jaime Ruiz, 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs)

It has both 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. It is one of the Pacific’s 26 Army watercraft assets providing over-the-water transportation of equipment and personnel to increase maneuverability and readiness throughout the region.

The logistical support can often be a complex and lengthy part of a Pacific Pathways deployment. While the exercise itself may only be a couple of weeks, the Army mariners can expect their role to take up to two months to deliver the equipment and return. It will take the crew approximately 20 days to arrive in Japan and can self-sustain at sea for approximately 45 days.

 

Soldiers from 325th Brigade Support Battalion, 25th Infantry Division, load cargo and military vehicles on board the 8th Theater Sustainment Command's Logistic Support Vessel-2, the U.S. Army Vessel CW3 Harold A. Clinger, August 10 at Ford Island, Hawaii in preparation for Pacific Pathway 16.3 Pacific Pathways is the third iteration of the U.S. Army Pacific-directed concept for the employment of U.S. Army enablers in the Indo-Asia Pacific Area of Responsibility that is based on existing partnership exercise programs. The crew of LSV-2 will transport the cargo to Nagoya, Japan for exercise Orient Shield 16. (photo by Staff Sgt. John Garver, 8th TSC PAO)

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