Expeditionary Program Improves Readiness through State-of-the Art Equipment
As the largest U.S. Navy ground force deployed to Iraq, Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC) units made a difference in the global war on terror. This contribution was greatly enhanced by a significant increase in supplemental appropriations received by NAVFAC between 2006 and 2008 from the U.S. Congress to replace and modernize equipment and material employed by NECC units.
These funds allowed NAVFAC to provide NECC units with state-of-the-art vehicles, equipment and gear, such as Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles (pictured below in Camp Ramadi, Iraq), armored High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWVs), and Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement (MTVR) trucks; up-armor solutions for excavators, front-end loaders, forklifts, water trucks and cranes; tactical communications and electronics systems; tools; and tentage and personal protective equipment.
This investment significantly increased the safety of our servicemen and women, and improved the readiness of the Navy Expeditionary Combat Command.
Successful Fielding of Improved Navy Lighterage System (INLS)
As part of West Africa Training Cruise (WATC) '08, Military Sealift Command prepositioning ships USNS 2nd LT John P. Bobo and USNS LCPL Roy M. Wheat joined Africa Partnership (APS) ships USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) and HSV (High Speed Vessel) 2 Swift (pictured below), as well as Naval Beach Group Two and Marines from U.S. Marine Forces Europe for a sea-basing and humanitarian assistance distribution exercise off the coast of Monrovia, Liberia.
WATC '08, in concert with APS, focused on the delivery of humanitarian assistance supplies from a sea-based command to various clinics and schools in Monrovia. WATC employed INLS, a redesign of a floating dock system originally used during World War II. INLS is composd of smaller pieces assembled at sea that lock together to create ferries, causeway piers, or roll-on/roll-off discharge facilities to transport cargo and equipment from ship to shore when traditional harbor facilities are unavailable. Sea basing with INLS leaves a minimal footprint and its deployed configuration can be tailored to the specific mission.
WATC '08 marked the first time INLS, including the causeway ferries and roll-on/roll-off discharge facility, was assembled and functioned at sea in real-world operations.