US Prepositioning Ship Supports Exercise Trident Juncture 15

The U.S. Marine and Navy team offloaded equipment capable of enabling crisis response to support Exercise Trident Juncture 15, on October 20.

Master Sgt. Michael Guzman, prepositioning chief of U.S. Marine Corps Forces Europe and Africa, said:

We are using the USNS Button to get the prepositioned equipment on board so 4th [Light Armored Reconnaissance] doesn’t have to embark their gear from all over the United States.

Prepositioning ships, like the USNS William R. Button, provide Marines the capability to establish and operate anywhere in the world.

The armored vehicles and equipment from the USNS Button will let Marines train in advanced tactics with European Allies during Trident Juncture, the largest NATO exercise in more than 10 years.

Providing this equipment allows the NATO team to work with training techniques beyond basic infantry skills and evaluate their ability to respond to threats together, a primary goal of the exercise. Training evolutions like these expand the familiarity of Marines to the NATO Alliance.

Image: US Navy

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