Mojave Daily News.com-LAUGHLIN — A host of Marines descended upon the Colorado River south of Laughlin last week, where they received training on their rapid water skills.
Encamped along Pipeline Beach, about 40 members of the 7th Engineering Support Battalion of the 1st Marine Logistics Group from Camp Pendleton spent five days on the water. Exercises included learning the fundamentals of the Improved Ribbon Bridge, reported 1st Lt. Brendan McIntyre, Public Affairs Officer at Camp Pendleton.
According to the U.S. Marine Corps website, the IRB can be assembled quickly and in harsh water conditions. The previous style of bridge took 20 to 30 minutes to build, whereas the IRB can be constructed in about 12 minutes and in faster river currents. There are two components to the IRB: The ramp bay, which forms the end of the bridge, and the interior bay.
“Bridging has always been a vital part of engineering in every war and theater we have fought in as Marines,” said 1st Lt. James J. McGeady in a Feb. 2014 USMC publication. With the advent of the IRB, the article continues, the Marines won’t have to rely solely on helicopters or ships, allowing the Corps to be a force in readiness. Story Source>LINK
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