PHILIPPINE SEA, USS Tripoli — Marines from thirty first Marine Expeditionary Unit logistics fight factor, Fight Logistics Battalion (CLB) 31, labored alongside the aviation fight factor, Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squdron-262 (Strengthened), to efficiently execute a shore-to-ship and again to shore transport of a Joint Gentle Tactical Automobile (JLTV) with a CH-53E Tremendous Stallion.
This was the primary time a Marine Corps JLTV was moved from shore to ship by air, highlighting the capabilities of each platforms and permitting the thirty first MEU a brand new alternative to implement Expeditionary Superior Base Operation (EABO) ideas. The planning and execution of this JLTV helicopter exterior raise operation built-in each a part of the thirty first MEU Marine Air Floor Activity Power alongside U.S. Navy Amphibious Squadron 11 and the USS Miguel Keith (ESB-5).
“CLB-31 is concentrated on difficult and practical coaching that employs expeditionary superior base logistical resupply and prepositioning of vital gear in help of the Naval Expeditionary Power,” mentioned Lt. Col. Matthew Verdin, commanding officer of CLB-31.
This helicopter exterior raise operation was initiated with the CH-53E lifting the JLTV from a seashore inside a secured army coaching space in Okinawa, Japan and proceeded totally over water to the USS Miguel Keith. The CH-53E proceeded again to the pick-up location, with the load, after conducting a number of lifts aboard the USS Miguel Keith; simulating the institution of an expeditionary superior base from naval amphibious transport.
This coaching evolution was a vital step in additional integrating subordinate parts of the thirty first MEU and offering a path for growing future EABO capabilities with comparable platforms. The crew that executed this occasion beforehand performed a number of prior JLTV lifts to maximise their readiness, proficiency and security.
“This was primarily a chance to construct our MEU group’s skill to maneuver fight autos and weapon programs to, from, and between expeditionary advance bases from ARG transport,” mentioned Capt. Tyler J. Hopping, CH-53E pilot with VMM-262 (rein). “The CH-53 and Helicopter Help Crew present a reasonably distinctive functionality to get these programs to in any other case inaccessible areas.”
The thirty first MEU is working aboard the ships of the Tripoli Amphibious Prepared Group within the seventh Fleet space of operations to reinforce interoperability with allies and companions and function a prepared response power to defend peace and stability within the Indo-Pacific Area.