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usni | U.S. Soldier Critically Injured During Gaza Pier Operation, 2 Other Service Members Hurt, 23 May
The soldier was working on the staging platform two miles off the coast of Gaza where trucks filled with aid packages are driven from cargo ships onto Army watercraft, the defense officials told USNI News. At the time of the injury, the roll-on roll-off cargo ship MV Benevides was attached to the platform.
U.S. forces have dedicated around 1000 personnel and 16 ships to the operation, including the deployment of at least one counter rocket, artillery, and mortar system on the pier itself. While [Vice Adm. Brad] Cooper would not comment on the force protection deployed by U.S. forces, he said the deployment of these systems is "prudent planning."

The Israeli Defense Forces are the main security providers for the operation and have dedicated a brigade of troops and various air and naval assets. Two U.S. Navy destroyers will aid in the protection of the pier, Military.com reported.

by Cat on Sat May 25th, 2024 at 12:54:44 AM EST
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npr | U.S. Army aid vessels become unmoored near floating Gaza pier, classic trrst technique
Four U.S. Army vessels supporting the humanitarian floating pier mission in Gaza became unmoored by rough seas, military officials said.

Two vessels are now anchored on a Gaza beach near the pier, U.S. Central Command said in a statement on Saturday. The other two are beached further north, on the coast of Israel near Ashkelon. Israeli forces are assisting recovery efforts near the pier, and no U.S. personnel will enter Gaza, CENTCOM said. No injuries were reported, and the pier remains fully functional, according to the statement.

by Cat on Sun May 26th, 2024 at 12:52:00 PM EST
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four (4) grounded Army vessels. One (1) refloated ("recovered"). Three (3) waiting recovery by Thursday.

defense.gov | Deputy Pentagon Press Secretary Sabrina Singh Holds a Press Briefing, 28 May

In addition, due to high sea states and the North African weather system, earlier today, a portion of the Trident Pier separated from the pier that is currently anchored into the coast of Gaza.  As a result, the Trident Pier was damaged and sections of the pier need rebuilding and repairing.

Therefore, over the next 48 hours, the Trident Pier will be removed from its anchored position on the coast and towed back to Ashdod, where U.S. Central Command will conduct repairs. The rebuilding and repairing of the pier will take at least over a week and will -- and following completion, will need to be re-anchored to the coast of Gaza.
Q: Just one pier, and then another topic.
SINGH: Sure.
Q:  The service members that were injured last week, what's the status of all those three?
SINGH: I believe two of them have returned to duty, but you know what?  Let me—let me take that question on the two. And those were minor injuries, but I believe we had read out that they were planning to be returned to duty, so let me just get back to you on that. The third service member that was in critical condition still remains in critical condition.
Q:  On the airstrike this weekend in Rafah...
SINGH:  Yeah.
Q:  ... was it a U.S. bomb that was used in that airstrike, or a U.S.-provided bomb that was used in that airstrike? Have the Israelis been able to assure you that it wasn't?
SINGH: I do not know what type of munition was used in that airstrike. I'd have to refer you to the Israelis to speak to that.
Q: But if it was, shouldn't—I mean, shouldn't the U.S. be doing something to prevent additional airstrikes like this?

tabloid USA | Towed to Israel for repairs: Pentagon's $320 million pier in Gaza trashed by rough sea and storms
"'When it was operational, it was working,' Singh said."
by Cat on Wed May 29th, 2024 at 12:38:11 AM EST
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