HICKAM AIR FORCE BASE, Hawaii - More than 30 Soldiers from the 605th Transportation Detachment, 45th Sustainment Brigade, hugged their families and friends goodbye, Feb. 14, as they departed for Kuwait.

The crew is headed to Kuwait Naval Base to transport cargo for Department of Defense personnel and other customers throughout the Persian Gulf with the Army Logistics Support Vessel 6, the "Spc. James A. Loux."

Their main ports include Dubai and Bahrain, and will be working jointly with other services and foreign military.

"This is a new experience for many of our younger Soldiers who have never deployed before," said Sgt. 1st Class Robert Caivano, the acting first sergeant for the deploying team.

Pre-deployment preparation involved battle and conflict drills, as well as sailing from Tacoma, Wash., with the LSV2, the "Chief Warrant Officer 3 Harold C. Clinger." The sail was a chance for the crew to get comfortable with operations and the new technology installed on the LSV class vessels.

"Tacoma was the culminating part of our preparation," said Caivano. "Operating efficiently as a team is the most important thing for this deployment."

Watercraft transport has become an integral part of military operations over the past few years. It is an efficient and cost effective way to transport equipment and other goods throughout the world.

"Overall, I'm really excited about our mission," said Caivano. "We've got a really good crew, and they work well together".

The moment was bittersweet, but their hard work and skill sets are surely needed for the successful transportation of goods throughout the Kuwait transportation circuit.