In military first, Army gives Marine Corps rocket system platoon a lift off Okinawa

Soldiers with the Army's 10th Support Group back a Marine Corps vehicle onto the USAV Harpers Ferry during a joint training drill at Kin, Okinawa, Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019. (MATT BURKE/STARS AND STRIPES)
Soldiers with the Army's 10th Support Group back a Marine Corps vehicle onto the USAV Harpers Ferry during a joint training drill at Kin, Okinawa, Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019. (MATT BURKE/STARS AND STRIPES)

In military first, Army gives Marine Corps rocket system platoon a lift off Okinawa

by Matthew M. Burke
Stars and Stripes

KIN, Okinawa — The Army successfully moved a Marine Corps mobile rocket system on a landing craft at sea for the first time Thursday, a short demonstration of U.S. ability to quickly move the system where it’s needed.

The Marine Corps on Okinawa is working to improve its ability to defend the southernmost islands of Japan that stretch over hundreds of square miles between the East China and Philippine seas. The Marines’ M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System, or HIMARS, is a key weapon in its arsenal.

Col. Michael Roach, commander of the 12th Marine Regiment, said mobility is the key to success in the event of a conflict in the Pacific. Cooperating with other services and allies is a big part of that.

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