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Military Sealift Command's USNS 1st Lt. Jack Lummus Arrives, Supplies Cobra Gold 2016

Navy News Service

Story Number: NNS160205-08
Release Date: 2/5/2016 1:20:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Fulton, USNS 1st Lt. Jack Lummus Public Affairs

LAEM CHABANG, Thailand (NNS) -- Military Sealift Command (MSC) Marine Prepositioning Force ship USNS 1st Lt. Jack Lummus (T-AK 3011) arrived in Laem Chabang, Thailand, to offload vital military equipment in support of Marine Corps personnel participating in Exercise Cobra Gold 2016 (CG-16) Feb. 1.

Exercise CG-16 is an annual multinational and joint-theater security cooperation exercise co-sponsored by the Kingdom of Thailand and the U.S. with more than two dozen participating partner nations, making it one of the largest military exercises in the Asia-Pacific region.

'We arrived in port the morning of the first and discharged 129 pieces for support of U.S. Marines participating in the exercise,' explained Brad Shelly, chief officer of the Lummus. 'This involved an offload and backload of a number of (additional) vehicles in order to get to the specific items that they needed.'

Lummus will anchor off the coast of Thailand until the completion of CG-16 at which point the ship will return to port to reload the equipment used in the exercise prior to embarking on their next assignment.

Lummus is designed to deliver military cargo and supplies for planned operations and in response to a contingency situation. MSC deploys prepositioning ships like the Lummus globally in order to ensure equipment is always ready to deploy in any situation worldwide.

'MSC has always been in the supply business for the ground troops,' said Shelly. 'We are a prepositioned ship; we carry this cargo onboard all the time. We locate to different spots around the world so that in the event of a situation where the military needs to get boots on the ground, we already have their equipment at the location, offloaded and ready for them to turn the key and go.'

Lummus boarded approximately 117 additional military personnel to work the offload and backload procedures. The combined knowledge and skill of the civilian mariners and military members resulted in a professional and proficient offload, contributing to the successful commencement of CG-16.

'I have got a great crew, they know the ship in and out, and that level of expertise means that whatever the military requests, we can accommodate,' said Shelly. 'That is what we are here for.'

CG-16 will be conducted in locations across the Thailand Feb. 9-19 and consists of three primary events: a command-post exercise, which includes a senior leadership seminar; humanitarian civic assistance projects in Thai communities; and a field-training exercise designed to enhance regional relationships.

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