CF convert containers into living quarters for ANA
Saturday, August 27, 2011, Capt Susan
Magill, Army News, Media Operations Public Affairs Officer, Joint Task
Force Afghanistan. Project Number: 11-0506
Kandahar, Afghanistan — Members of the
Mission Transition Task Force (MTTF) are converting 19 sea containers,
commonly known as seacans, into modular barracks for soldiers of the
Afghan National Army (ANA). These seacans will have electricity,
built-in bunk beds, air conditioning and heat.
The Seacan Accommodation Conversion project began with a sample built
by the engineers of Rotation 10, the last combat rotation in
Afghanistan. MTTF engineers then conceived a plan based on the sample
and allocated duties to complete the work.
Tradespersons involved in conversion
Those converting the seacans include
carpenters, plumbers, refrigeration technicians, an electrician and
field engineers. Most have deployed from 1 Combat Engineer Regiment
based out of Edmonton, Alberta.
Carpenters measured and cut wood studs, doorsills and wall plates for
the wall framing installed inside the seacans. Plywood sheets were then
hung on the framing to form interior walls and double-walled bunk beds
were constructed of plywood and 2x4 lumber. Each container can
accommodate eight to ten bunks.
Once the interior carpentry was completed, the lighting and power
outlets were wired and connected, and the air conditioning and heating
system was installed. A single plug to a generator provides the seacan
with power. “The system cools and heats,” said MCpl Brian Standing, a
refrigeration and mechanical technician. “All the parts are common to
the region so it’s easy for the ANA to use and replace parts.”
Finishing touches include an air vent, a metal floor plate for the
potbelly stove used by Afghan soldiers to cook meals and heat water,
and a door set in a frame to give the open-ended seacan a proper
Three seacans have already been adapted as ablutions facilities to
accompany the 19 accommodation seacans that, when finished, will easily
house 160 ANA soldiers. The modular barracks will be delivered to the
ANA upon completion.
MTTF closing down combat mission
The MTTF is responsible
for closing down the combat mission in Kandahar Province. Comprising
1,867 CF personnel—848 of whom belong to Land Force Western Area—the
members of MTTF deployed to Kandahar Airfield last month and will
remain there until December 2011.
These skilled military tradespersons of all ranks are in Afghanistan to
deal with the administrative, supply, communication, material
management and movement challenges required to close down Operation
ATHENA in Kandahar Province.