Monday, May 16, 2016

USNS Bob Hope Conducts Loadout in Support of JLOTS 2016

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May 13, 2016 - Military Sealift Command large, medium-speed roll-on/roll-off ship USNS Bob Hope (T-AKR 300) is conducting a loadout of supplies and rolling stock in San Diego, May 9-17 as preparation for participation in the upcoming joint over the shore logistics (JLOTS) exercise to be held in the Pacific Northwest in June.
Working with the Seabees of Naval Amphibious Cargo Battalion 1 (ACB-1), the contract mariner crew of Bob Hope will load 185 piece of cargo that includes containers, rolling stock, Navy lighterage as well as an 850 person tent city. Following the loadout, Bob Hope will travel to the Pacific Northwest to offload the cargo.  The ship will then load 150 empty containers to be used during the JLOTS exercise.  Bob Hope will be joined by the MSC large, medium-speed roll-on/roll-off ship USNS Brittin (T-AKR 305), currently in Bremerton, which will also participate in the exercise.
Seabees from Naval Amphibious Battalion 1 prepare equipment to be loaded onto USNS Bob Hope (T-AKR 300) in preparation for the upcoming JLOTS 2016 JLOTS exercise.
During JLOTS 16, Bob Hope will participate as an emergency dock and transporting cargo, equipment and personnel, working with other military units, including more than 1,500 members of the Washington National Guard, who will conduct field exercises, setting up tactical operations centers, dispatch search and rescue teams, and move supplies.


Seabees from Naval Amphibious Battalion 1 prepare equipment to be loaded onto USNS Bob Hope (T-AKR 300) in preparation for the upcoming JLOTS 2016 JLOTS exercise.
JLOTS operations are joint military activities that include offshore loading and unloading of strategic ships when fixed port facilities are unavailable or denied due to enemy activities or natural disasters. Cargo is delivered to the shore from vessels anchored off-shore, and then staged and transported to various sights inland.

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