Military Sealift Command Ships Demonstrate Seabasing Concept in Hawaii During Exercise Culebra Koa 2015

Military Sealift Command ships USNS Montford Point (MLP 1), USNS Millinocket (JHSV 3) and USNS Dahl ((T-AKR 312) are currently participating in the Culebra Koa 2015 exercise off the coast of Hawaii. The ships will be part of the Navy and Marine Corps demonstration of sea-based rapid build-up of combat power ashore.

The focus of Culebra Koa will be Montford Point, who will interface with three different ships during the exercise.   As a floating port at sea, the Montford Point has the ability to mate up with other ships to offload equipment, supplies and personnel that can then be transported, via another ship or craft, to shore. During Culebra Koa, Montford Point will conduct skin-to-skin testing with Dahl and Millinocket and will also include practice supply deliveries to Marine Corps Training Area Bellows by Marine Corps hovercrafts.

USNS Millinocket (JHSV 3) (forground) passes USNS Montford Point (MLP 1) in preparation for the seabasing portion of Culebra Koa 2015.  As a floating port at sea, the Montford Point will conduct skin-to-skin testing with Dahl and Millinocket and will also include practice supply deliveries to Marine Corps Training Area Bellows by Marine Corps hovercrafts, during the exercise.

USNS Millinocket (JHSV 3) (forground) passes USNS Montford Point (MLP 1) in preparation for the seabasing portion of Culebra Koa 2015. As a floating port at sea, the Montford Point will conduct skin-to-skin testing with Dahl and Millinocket and will also include practice supply deliveries to Marine Corps Training Area Bellows by Marine Corps hovercrafts, during the exercise.

 

CK15 is a U.S. Pacific Fleet training exercise designed to demonstrate and increase joint proficiency in expeditionary operations. The exercise will also serve as additional training for the USS Essex (LHD 2) Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) prior to deployment to the Western Pacific and Arabian Gulf.

U.S. Navy participants include: U.S. 3rd Fleet, Expeditionary Strike Group 3, Amphibious Squadron 3, Patrol Reconnaissance Wing 2, Naval Beach Group 1, Coastal Riverine Group 1, USS Essex (LHD 2), USS Rushmore (LSD 47), USS Anchorage (LPD 23), USS Port Royal (CG 73), USNS Montford Point (T-MLP 1), USNS Millinocket (JHSV 3), USNS Dahl (T-AKR 312).

U.S. Marine Corps participants include: U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific, I Marine Expeditionary Force, III Marine Expeditionary Force, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, 3rd Marines. Additional participants include: U.S. Army Pacific, U.S. Coast Guard District 13, and 20th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, 506th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron and 25th Air Support Operations Squadron from Pacific Air Forces.

 

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