The US Navy’s Maritime Prepositioning Ships Squadron THREE (MPSRON 3) has carried out an underway multi-ship training exercise, Group Sail, off the coast of Saipan.
The multi-day event involved six ships, namely USNS 1st LT Jack Lummus (T-AK 3011), USNS 2nd LT John P. Bobo (T-AK 3008), USNS GYSGT Fred W. Stockham (T-AK 3017), USNS Pililaau (T-AKR 304), USNS Red Cloud (T-AKR 313) and USNS Soderman (T-AKR 317).
During the exercise, the ships’ crews were trained to improve interoperability with other ships within the squadron.
The event also focused on preparing the participating ships to work with other US Navy assets and escorts.
The MPSRON ships conducted close quarter turns, torpedo evasion tactics and formation steaming.
The ships also practised night-time signal communications as well as working with Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron TWO FIVE for night-time deck landing qualifications.
The MPSRON 3, a part of Military Sealift Command (MSC) operating in the western Pacific, is responsible for maintaining tactical control of the 13 ships carrying afloat prepositioned US military cargo for the US Marine Corps, Army, and Air Force.
The squadron provides swift and effective transportation of vital equipment and supplies for designated operations.
MSC operates close to 120 non-combatant, civilian-crewed ships that replenish the US Navy ships and conduct specialised missions.
Saipan, the largest of the Northern Mariana Islands, is a commonwealth of the US in the western Pacific Ocean.