The following article by Seaman Jacob Vermeulen, Amphibious Construction Battalion Two, was published in the September edition of Sealift, the official publication of Military Sealift Command. The USNS Obregon is operated for MSC by Crowley Liner Services and is manned in all licensed positions by American Maritime Officers.
Naval Beach Group Two, in conjunction with the Army's 11th Transportation Battalion, and component commands recently completed exercise Trident Sun '18, in preparation for Operation Trident Juncture '18 this fall.
During Trident Sun '18, Navy Support Element (NSE) personnel conducted Maritime Prepositioning Force (MPF) operations to provide training for reserve component personnel to instream and offload military vehicles and equipment from the Military Sealift Command's (MSC) container and roll-on/roll-off ship USNS PFC Eugene A. Obregon (T-AK 3006).
MSC's surge ships, such as Obregon, strategically place ready-to-deploy military equipment and supplies around the world in support of the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and the Defense Logistics Agency during a major theater war, a humanitarian operation or other contingency.
Sailors from NBG2 successfully offloaded more than 60 pieces of essential cargo onto Improved Navy Lighterage System (INLS) Causeway Ferries with the Roll-On/Roll-Off Discharge Facility (RRDF) platform and shipboard cranes to load cargo directly from ship to ferry.
NBG2 is able to expedite the process of offloading equipment by using both techniques, ensuring the maximum amount of warfighting supplies and equipment reaches forces as quickly as possible.