U.S., South Korea off-load military equipment for CJLOTS 13
CJLOTS 13, the largest Marine Expeditionary Force exercise since 1993, showcases the U.S. commitment to their ally South Korea during a time of heightened tension between ROK and North Korea. The exercises were conducted jointly by ROK Marine Corps and Navy, III MEF, U.S. Navy Expeditionary Strike Group 3, Army forces with U.S. Forces Korea and U.S. Coast Guard Port Unit 313.
"CJLOTS is a very dynamic exercise; it shows commitment, capability and force projection and combines that with an expeditionary aspect, showing we can go anywhere on the globe and establish ourselves as a force in readiness," Major David I. Eickenhorst said.
Equipment was off-loaded at Dogu Beach to be used for training exercises and included M1A1 Abrams tanks, light armored vehicles, assault amphibious vehicles, the Bobo and various other U.S. Marine vehicles and equipment.
"We have a wide variety of skill sets out here to enable us to be successful, and a lot of them are in the service and support (military occupational specialties)," Eickenhorst said. "The diversity of the Marines out here is allowing us to accomplish the throughput we need and establish a high level of readiness during the exercise."
The equipment is being tracked and safely arrived at its destination, to immediately be screened for functionality and possible needs for repair. ROK conducted their own off-load of equipment and the bond between the two nations is being further strengthened, Eickenhorst said.
"It shows we are committed to the Republic of Korea and that we are capable of sustaining that commitment with an operation of this scope," Eickenhorst said.