Suffolk native under way on USS Carter Hall

Published 10:21 pm Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Petty Officer 2nd Class Anthony Pacitto stands in front of landing craft air cushion hovercraft in the well deck of USS Carter Hall at sea on Monday.

Pacitto is a Suffolk native and LCAC loadmaster with Detachment D, Assault Craft Unit 4. LCACs act as vital transport vehicles in ship-to-shore operations, capable of carrying up to 60 tons of cargo, inflating a large skirt beneath them to move fluidly over water and beaches.

Pacitto is participating in Amphibious Ready Group Marine Expeditionary Unit Exercise, a three-week training evolution intended to build upon previous relationships, thereby enhancing Navy and Marine Corps interoperability and amphibious warfare capabilities to tackle a wide range of operations.

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During the exercise, sailors and marines work together to conduct flight operations, noncombatant evacuation exercises, simulated raids and visit, board, search and seizure drills.