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JAXPORT Expedites Movement of U.S. Military Aircraft

The U.S. Army 841st Transportation Battalion, Joint Base Charleston (SC) recently moved helicopters and other equipment bound for a combat mission overseas through JAXPORT’s Blount Island Marine Terminal.

The cargo, including Apache, Black Hawk, Chinook and Osprey aircraft, was loaded onto the Central Gulf Lines Ro/Ro vessel Green Ridge.

The Army’s Blount Island-based 832nd Transportation Battalion provided support for the move and port partner Portus served as the stevedore.

"JAXPORT has a lot of experience moving aviation units," said Lt. Col. Chad Blacketer, 841st Transportation Battalion Commander. "The strong partnership that exists between the military and our partners, including the port, allowed us to get the job done together."

JAXPORT is one of 17 U.S. Strategic Seaports designated by the United States Transportation Command’s Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command to support the deployment of U.S. Armed Forces assets in the event of war, contingency, or other national emergency or disaster.

Loading military aircraft aboard MS Green Ridge at JAXPORT’s Blount Island Marine Terminal

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