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Posted: March 21, 2013


In February and March, U.S. Navy Cargo Handling Battalions 5 and 14 conducted a month-long training and evaluation exercise with the Ready Reserve Force ships Keystone State, Gem State and Grand Canyon State - manned in all licensed positions by American Maritime Officers - to prepare units for deployment. AMO officers working with the Navy units in Alameda, Calif., included Keystone State Chief Mate Alex Butler, Gem State Chief Mate Adena Kenny-Grundy and (not in the picture) Grand Canyon State Chief Mate Gary Kohlbach. All three RRF ships are operated by Pacific-Gulf Marine.