US Army deploys its mariners to support Pacific Pathways mission in Japan

17 August 2016 (Last Updated August 17th, 2016 18:30)

The US Army is deploying its mariners to support the Pacific Pathways mission in Japan, which aims to increase army readiness by conducting a three-part series of military exercises with multiple nations.

The US Army is deploying its mariners to support the Pacific Pathways mission in Japan, which aims to increase army readiness by conducting a three-part series of military exercises with multiple nations.

On 12 August, 31 mariners departed from Hawaii on-board the CW3 Harold C. Clinger for an 18-day cruise to Nagoya, Japan.

The USAV Clinger is a logistics support vessel equipped with four M2 .50-calibre machine guns, two M249 squad automatic weapons, and two Mk 19 grenade launchers.

Eight of the ships, which can carry loads up to 2,000t, are currently in service with the army.

The mariners will deliver rolling stock and cargo containers to Japan in support of the Orient Shield exercise, a part of Pacific Pathways.

"The mariners will deliver rolling stock and cargo containers to Japan in support of the Orient Shield exercise."

The exercise will witness participation from 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team soldiers, who will train together with Japanese forces.

Soldiers from the 605th Transportation Detachment will demonstrate their logistics capabilities on-board the Clinger.

8th Theater Sustainment Command master maritime of operations Michael Lloyd said: "Just like any mariner out there in the world, like the US Navy and Merchant Marine, we follow a set of drills from abandon ship, to man overboard, to fire drills, and in the case of our vessel, we also do battle drills.”

The army's mariner community is made up of nearly 1,000 soldiers across four military occupational specialities.


Image: Soldiers from 325th Brigade Support Battalion, 25th Infantry Division, load cargo and military vehicles on board the CW3 Harold A. Clinger. Photo: courtesy of Staff Sgt. John C Garver.