comscore USS America, partner ships train at Bellows | Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Hawaii News

USS America, partner ships train at Bellows

  • DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    3-ship USS America amphibious ready group is on its first overseas deployment out of San Diego and is stopping in Hawaii for training.

  • DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Huge Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) hovercrafts deliver vehicles to Bellows Beach from the USS Pearl Harbor, an amphibious ship offshore. Its part of whats called a “mechanized raid.” The Humvee’s are unloaded on the beach from the LCAC.

  • DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    The LCAC kicks up everything on the beach and spits it out like tiny bb’s, pelting everything around it. The sand stings as it hits the skin. BMC Salas was the first off the LCAC and he was making sure the beach was all clear.

Capt. Brandon Salter’s Marine company had the job of clearing out insurgents holed up in a village on a made-up Asia-Pacific island. To make matters worse in the exercise on Oahu, the notional area had been battered by a typhoon. Read more

Scroll Up