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    Sail Army makes waves during the 2014 Army vs. Navy Game

    Demonstration on the bridge of the MG Anthony Wayne

    Photo By Maj. Sean Delpech | Army Reserve Chief Warrant Officer 4 Thaddeus Pedzich gives a tour of the MG Anthony...... read more read more



    Story by Capt. Sean Delpech 

    310th Expeditionary Sustainment Command

    BALTIMORE – The ‘Army’s navy’ put their unique capabilities on display in Baltimore's Inner Harbor during festivities leading up to the Army-Navy Game showdown.

    The 310th ESC worked with the local Baltimore community to coordinate support from the 949th TC (FC) for the game. An annual competition hosted in Baltimore every two years, the Army-Navy Game originated in 1890 and is one of the most traditional and enduring rivalries in college football.

    “Having a presence at the Army-Navy Game is important because it offers a very public venue where we can demonstrate the capabilities of our watercraft and the great training that our Soldiers have received,” said Army Chief Warrant Officer Michael W. Carr, 310th ESC Watercraft Master, Maritime Operations. Carr is one of several Army Reserve Warrant Officers that specialize in operating the vessels of the 949th TC (FC), and is heavily involved in mission planning for the unit.

    Army Chief Warrant Officer Steven Brown, unit operations officer began the first day with a mission and safety brief, to ensure the crew got the ground rules for operating in the Baltimore Inner Harbor. The Inner Harbor was packed with civilians not used to the close quarters of an Army Tug.

    The 949th TC (FC) primary mission is to provide logistics over shore. The unit transports a range of cargo and equipment such as military vehicles and supplies.

    Equipment on display for game day included a 128 ft. Large Ocean Going Tug, a 65 ft. Coastal and Inland Tug, and a 100 ft. Cargo Barge loaded with military vehicles. The vessels sailed approximately seven miles from Curtis Bay to support the event.

    The primary vessel employed for demonstrations was the MG Anthony Wayne, a 128 foot, 939 ton Ocean Going Large Tug (LT-803), with living quarters, a galley and large bridge. The tug is primarily used for docking operations of large Army floating cranes.

    Demonstrations of the unit watercraft capabilities and the living conditions on the boats were open to the public and media. The crew showcased the boats and answered questions from over 400 members of the public throughout the three-day mission.

    During the tours, members of the public had the opportunity to tour the boat from top to bottom, including receiving demonstrations of the functions and operations of the bridge, and seeing the galley kitchen in operation.

    Chief Warrant Officer James Ackroyd, 949th TC (FC) cargo officer calls Army watercraft units the “best kept secret in the Army.” The public rarely has the opportunity to interact with Soldiers and see these types of vessels up close.

    There are only a handful of Army watercraft units that operate approximately 60 different vessels stationed around the world.



    Date Taken: 12.13.2014
    Date Posted: 12.31.2014 13:01
    Story ID: 151280
    Location: BALTIMORE, MD, US 
    Hometown: BALTIMORE, MD, US

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