2d MLG HomeHiddenNews
2nd Marine Logistics Group News Search
2nd Marine Logistics Group News
Photo Information

Corporal Joshua Hutton, raft commander with improved ribbon bridge platoon, Bridge Company, 8th Engineer Support Battalion, guides an M1A1 Abrams tank onto an IRB aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., December 14, 2014. Marines with the unit conducted river crossing exercises in which they transported tanks from Rhode's Point to Wells Point. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Preston McDonald/Released)

Photo by Lance Cpl. Preston McDonald

Do Tanks really float?

16 Dec 2014 | Lance Cpl. Preston McDonald 8th Engineer Support Battalion

Marines with Improved Ribbon Bridge platoon, Bridge Company, 8th Engineer Support Battalion conducted river crossing exercises in which they transported M1A1 Abrams tanks across New River aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., December 14.

Over a span of eight trips, the Marines successfully transported 16 tanks from 2nd Tank Battalion from Rhodes Point to Wells Point.

“Our raft we have setup right now can transport two tanks at a time across the river,” said Cpl. Chad Burnett, a combat engineer with 8th ESB.

The raft is comprised of five interior bays and two ramps on each end. There are two boats anchored to each side in order to steer the raft in a designated direction. The raft is capable of being made as long as possible by attaching more bays and may also serve as a bridge if anchored on either side of the waterway.

“It takes about two hours on average to set up the raft,” said Cpl. Joshua Hutton, raft commander for Bridge Company, “We’re capable of deploying our services anytime mobility over a waterway is needed.”

The Marines conduct the training approximately two to three times per month or whenever 2nd Tank Battalion needs to get from one point along the river to another.

“We’re saving the Marine Corps thousands of dollars by transporting the tanks across the river,” said Burnett, a Columbus, Ohio native, “It would cost them a lot more money and gas if the tanks were required to go around and use the trails.”

Marines with 2nd Tank Bn. had previously finished a training exercise and relied on Bridge Company to get them back to where they needed to go. In a matter of hours, the raft was up and running, getting the tanks safely to their destination.

“The skillset behind training is extremely perishable,” said Burnett, “but we do it so often that it has become normal for us.”


















Comments

Welcome to the 2d MLG's Official Page. We strive to provide our audience with perspective on unit and Marine Corps news and information while maintaining an issue driven, principle based and audience focused conversation online.

While this is an open forum, it's also a family friendly one, so please keep that in mind when posting comments. In addition to keeping it family friendly, we ask that you follow our posting guidelines listed below. Comments and posts that do not follow these guidelines will be removed:

-We do not allow graphic, obscene, explicit or racial comments or submissions nor do we allow comments that are abusive, hateful or intended to defame anyone or any organization.

-We do not allow solicitations or advertisements. This includes promotion or endorsement of any financial, commercial or non-governmental agency. Similarly, we do not allow attempts to defame or defraud any financial, commercial or non-governmental agency.

-We do not allow comments that suggest or encourage illegal activity.

-Apparent spam will be removed and may cause the author(s) to be blocked from the page without notice.

-You participate at your own risk, taking personal responsibility for your comments, your username and any information provided.

- For Official Use Only (FOUO), classified, pre-decisional, proprietary or business-sensitive information should never be discussed here. Don't post personnel lists, rosters, organization charts or directories. This is a violation of privacy.

The appearance of external links on this site does not constitute official endorsement on behalf of the U.S. Marine Corps or Department of Defense.

You are encouraged to quote, republish or share any content on this site on your own blog, Web site or other communication/publication. If you do so, please credit the command or the person who authored the content as a courtesy.

Semper Fidelis.

Resources

Click for COVID-19 InformationReport Suspicious ActivityDStress Hotline