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U.S. Navy demonstrates “sea train” for discharge equipment and cargo

The U.S. Navy has demonstrated the capability of the Improved Navy Lighterage System (INLS) or commonly known as “sea train”.

According to Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class John Philip Wagner, Jr., CTF 75 Public Affairs, Navy Cargo Handling Battalion (NCHB) 1, Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 1, Amphibious Construction Battalion (ACB) 1 and two reserve components from NCHB 5, and 13 joined forces to conduct joint Improved Navy Lighterage System (INLS) training on board the Military Sealift Command maritime prepositioning force ship USNS 2nd Lt. John P. Bobo (T-AK 3008), July 8 – 12.

INLS is a floating causeway system comprised of powered and non-powered floating platforms assembled from interchangeable modules used to transfer cargo and vehicles from sealift ships to shore areas where conventional port facilities may be damaged or inadequate or nonexistent.

“If feel this type of evolution is important because it brings all different kinds of commands together,” said Logistics Specialist 2nd Class Rachael Konefal, assigned to NCHB 1, a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. “This is good training to have, NCHB is known for moving these lightereage systems which allows us to be able to get vehicles and equipment off the ship.”

Konefal added that these operations could not have been done without the other entities that make up NAVELSG and Naval Beach Group (NBG).

“This has been a great opportunity to be out here training with all these commands a working together as a team,” said Konefal.

Hull Technician 1st Class Daniel Billick, a native of Roseburg, Oregon, and a reservist assigned to NCHB 5 said, “It’s been great to come out and do something like this, as a reservist we don’t get a lot of opportunities to do this type of evolution.”

Billick added, “It’s been great to be able to work with the active duty sailors and work with other teams and …read more

Read more here:: Defence Blog (Naval)

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