San Francisco Fleet Week Launched with DSCA Exercise
By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ryan Riley, Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet Public Affairs
SAN FRANCISCO (NNS) -- The City of San Francisco Department of Emergency Management and Sailors from Expeditionary Strike Group Three and Amphibious Craft Unit One participated in a Defense Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA) exercise on Oct. 5, during San Francisco Fleet Week 2015.

The exercise was designed to provide familiarization and training for amphibious landing operations and to show how they can be used to support DSCA and disaster response.

"DSCA is a key mission for the Navy," said Rear Adm. Daniel Fillion, commander, Expeditionary Strike Group Three. "This event is an opportunity for us to practice those skills, learn to work with local authorities, and most importantly to build the relationships that allow us to work effectively together in times of crisis."

As San Francisco city officials and civilians watched the demonstration, equipment was off loaded from Landing Craft Utility (LCU) 1629. An LCU allows Navy ships to transport heavy equipment and cargo from heavy ships to the shore in order to provide aid to areas where port facilities unavailable as could be the case during a natural disaster.

"Today we showed the city what we can do for them in case of a disaster," said Chief Quartermaster Kelvin Nazariovelez, ship's craftmaster. "We showed them what military assets they can use and the help we can provide."

The DSCA provided the perfect opportunity for military personnel to practice loading and unloading operations in a controlled environment so they can be ready for the real event when and if, it happens. Nazariovelez said this was the most challenging approach he has made for on offload.

"This was the most difficult approach I have done," said Nazariovelez. "There were obstructions in the ramp and it was extremely narrow. The current was strong in the area and we were limited to only being able to do it during high tide."

Nazariovelez said the operation went smooth and he owes that to his crew.

"My crew, like always, I owe everything to them. A great bunch of Sailors and I am happy to have the opportunity to work alongside them all," he said.

San Francisco Fleet Week, now in its 35th year, celebrates the rich naval tradition in the Bay area, honors our nation's service members, and facilitates annual disaster preparedness training between the Navy, Marines Corps, Coast Guard and local first responders.
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