3rd MLG keeps water flowing for CG 13

Friday, 22 February 2013 From Issue Vol. XXI No. 8 By  Pfc. Mike Granahan, U.S. Marine Forces, Pacific

Sattahip, Kingdom of Thailand - As waves crash onto the beach in Sattahip, Kingdom of Thailand, one may see the ocean as a way to escape the intense heat, but that does not quite quench their thirst. However, U.S. Marines from 3rd Marine Logistics Group turn the salty liquid into hydrating fresh water.

As part of their responsibilities during exercise Cobra Gold 2013, Marines from 3rd MLG, III Marine Expeditionary Force, purified salt water Feb. 10 to provide clean water to multinational participants at many locations throughout Thailand.

A suction hose moves water pulled from the ocean to the tactical water purification system where the salt will be removed and it will pass through a series of filters making it safe to drink. (Photo by Pfc. Mike Granahan)A suction hose moves water pulled from the ocean to the tactical water purification system where the salt will be removed and it will pass through a series of filters making it safe to drink. (Photo by Pfc. Mike Granahan)

The exercise is a Thai-U.S. co-sponsored multinational, multiservice exercise that includes forces from Thailand, the U.S., Singapore, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia and observers from other countries in the region.

Water purification is essential to successful operations during the exercise, explained U.S. Marine Cpl. Omar E. Montero, a water support technician with 9th Engineer Support Battalion, 3rd MLG.

“The system is capable of producing up to 1,500 gallons of fresh water per hour, providing an invaluable resource to Marines in the field,” said Montero.

U.S. Marines from 3rd Marine Logistics Group operate a water purification system Feb. 10 in Sattahip, to provide clean water to multinational participants at various locations throughout Thailand during exercise Cobra Gold 2013. (Photo by Pfc. Mike Granahan)U.S. Marines from 3rd Marine Logistics Group operate a water purification system Feb. 10 in Sattahip, to provide clean water to multinational participants at various locations throughout Thailand during exercise Cobra Gold 2013. (Photo by Pfc. Mike Granahan)

Using a tactical water purification system, the Marines are able to purify the water. It is a device that pulls salt water from the ocean, removes the salt through a process called reverse osmosis, and then runs it through a system of filters making it safe to drink, added Montero.

The purification process is perfected to the point where the purified saltwater is comparable to bottled water.

U.S. Marines from 3rd Marine Logistics Group lay out a suction where it will move water pulled from the ocean to the tactical water purification system. (Photo by Pfc. Mike Granahan)U.S. Marines from 3rd Marine Logistics Group lay out a suction where it will move water pulled from the ocean to the tactical water purification system. (Photo by Pfc. Mike Granahan)

“It’s been tested before,” said Montero. “I pulled water from the Helmand River in Afghanistan, and it was fresher than the bottled water we had.”

The ocean is so vast that through the system it provides a virtually endless supply of fresh water wherever personnel may need it, enabling the expeditionary nature of the Marine Corps, according to U.S. Staff Sgt. Fantasia O. Langford, a basic electrician with 9th ESB.

“Anywhere there is water, we can provide clean water,” said Langford.

Providing clean water is vital to operations, especially in an environment like Thailand.

“This is important because without fresh water successful operations cannot occur,” said U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Erick M. Mechelhoff, a basic electrician with 9th ESB.

Last modified on Saturday, 23 February 2013 11:00
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2 comments

  • Comment Link Sunday, 24 February 2013 19:12 posted by Jerry S

    Let us hope that there is a pump at the end of that 5" hose as you cannot 'suck' (draft) water through a collapsable hose as pictured. Oh, and did I say that I worked at the worlds largest desal/electric plant in Jubail, K.Saudi Arabia? Not a new thing and personally I think we 'Yanks' should stay home;especially from Australia where the same US Marines are there protecting them.

  • Comment Link Friday, 22 February 2013 16:27 posted by Aussie Bill

    Bigger then Texas. Trust the Americans to come up with something new.
    I always wondered what those "Desalination Plants" all over the world were.
    Always placed near the Sea or Rivers,I thought they
    were mining Krypton.
    What a Dumb Ass I am.I should have known the
    Yanks lead the World in everything.
    Bill.

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