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JAXPORT know-how expedites movement of US military aircraft

[ October 11, 2017   //   ]

 The U.S. Army 841st Transportation Battalion, Joint Base Charleston, S.C., 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 on-call to move military cargo for national defense, foreign humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, and the only port in Florida with this designation.

JAXPORT offers worldwide cargo service, including direct service with Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe, South America, the Caribbean and other key markets.