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Logistics On Location: Operation Pacer Goose

Logistics On Location: Operation Pacer Goose


CAPTAIN
DOUG McGOFF: …A lot of people are familiar with
Military Sealift Command providing logistics to
ships at sea, but the other part of
it is sealift. We move large
volumes of materials. …About 90% of trade is actually moved
across the oceans. CAPTAIN
HARRY THETFORD: The mission of DLA
Distribution is to support the global warfighter. Here in Norfolk
specifically we support the afloat customers, the
Navy ships here in Norfolk and deployed
around the world. CAPTAIN
DOUG McGOFF: The vessel behind me, Ocean Giant,
is preparing to conduct a mission called
Operation Pacer Goose. It’s the resupply to Thule
Air Force base out in Greenland. CAPTAIN HARRY THETFORD, It’s
approximately 700 miles inside of the Arctic
circle…they have a small window of time in the
summer months where we can get a surface ship
up there to resupply. GEORGE BRACKETT,
We’re at Pier 8, Norfolk Naval Station, and we’re
supporting Operation Pacer Goose. …We consist of a team of crane operators,
riggers and blockers and bracers and stevedores.. We’re
loading 201 containers. CAPTAIN
DOUG McGOFF: It is a big team. There’s three ships
that are involved in the operation, Ocean Giant,
she’s moving the dry cargo, food, parts,
machinery that needs to be replaced. There’s a second vessel
that’s called the Baltic Monarch. She’s an
ice-hardened tanker. She is going to moving
about 8.6 million gallons of JP-8 fuel. And then there is
a third vessel. It is a Coast Guard
ice-breaker from the Canadians, and that’s the Pierre Radisson. CAPTAIN MICHAEL CRAVEN,
…It’s about 3600 miles to get up
there, it is about 11 days approximately of steaming
time to get there. The unique
part is just the weather that we’re going up into. It’s the northern-most
deep water port in the world, there’s nothing
up there but fishing villages. …so we’ll be passing
iceberg central on our way up there. CAPTAIN
DOUG McGOFF: This is half the mission. The other half is picking
up all of the conex boxes and broken material that
we left last year and bringing it back for
recycling or destruction. CAPTAIN HARRY THETFORD: I
think Pacer Goose is very important for DLA
Distribution in two regards. First, it gives us an
opportunity to flex our muscles in case we need to
support a wartime event or a humanitarian operation
on a large scale. So it gives us a great
opportunity to interface with our customers; so
it’s a great opportunity to bring the team
together, to meet our customers, talk with them,
meet their needs and maybe come up with some new
ways to support them.

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