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Guantanamo Bay Sailors Assist Visiting Army Landing Craft

Navy News Service

Story Number: NNS110214-02
2/14/2011

By Chief Mass Communication Specialist (SW) Bill Mesta, Naval Station Guantanamo Bay Public Affairs

GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (NNS) -- Personnel assigned to Naval Station Guantanamo Bay (GTMO), Cuba's Port Operations department provided logistical support to U.S. Army Runnymede-class large landing craft USAV Chickahominy (LCU 2011) while in port, Feb. 9-12.

The naval station provided water, fuel, lube oil and coordinated an offload of vehicles and equipment from Chickahominy during their stay in GTMO.

"The naval station works with U.S. Army vessels periodically," said Boatswains Mate 1st Class Lisa Alkire, the port operations dock-master for the Chickahominy's in-port period. "We love it when we have the opportunity to work with Army vessels. Most crew members on the U.S. Army ships we have worked with are prior Navy who joined the Army through the 'Blue to Green' program."

The 'Blue to Green' program allows Sailors to transition from the U.S. Navy to the U.S. Army at the end of their enlistment obligation.

"Because they are prior U.S. Navy and mostly prior Boatswain's Mates or Quartermasters, we speak the same technical language," said Alkire. "Being able to communicate easily makes working with Army ships very easy."

The Chickahominy pulled into the naval station to offload support equipment and vehicles for the upcoming Army South exercise, Integrated Advance-11 (IA-11).



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