Three roll-on roll-off vessels from American Roll-on Roll-off Carrier (ARC) Group’s U.S.-flag fleet – M/V Resolve, M/V Freedom, and M/V Endurance – loaded over 400,000 square feet of military rolling stock and other cargo over the course of one week in Beaumont, Texas in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve.
Vehicles carrier Resolve - Image courtesy of Steve Greenwood
The 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team (ABCT) of the 4th Infantry Division is deploying from the United States to Europe. The loading operation was coordinated by the Army’s 842nd Transportation Battalion. ARC has the largest fleet of American-flag ro-ro vessels and the three vessels selected are the most militarily-useful (by square footage) in the U.S.-flag international fleet.
The 3rd ABCT will set up operations in eight countries across central and Eastern Europe, as U.S. Army Europe (USAREUR) increases its presence across the region to help strengthen NATO’s defense and deterrence measures. Operation Atlantic Resolve has been ongoing since 2014.
Cargo logistics are being coordinated by ARC with U.S. Transportation Command, Military Surface Deployment & Distribution Command (SDDC), and USAREUR’s 21st Theater Sustainment Command.
ARC is the largest U.S.-flag roll-on roll-off (Ro-Ro) carrier, and the third largest U.S.-flag carrier operating in international trade. The company provides American-owned, managed, and crewed Ro-Ro shipping and intermodal services committed to the requirements of the Department of Defense, other U.S. government departments and agencies, and commercial customers.
ARC loads Army Unit on Three Vessels in Texas - Image courtesy of ARC
Image above: M/V Resolve at the port of Beaumont, TX loading 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Inf Div.
M/V Resolve at the port of Beaumont, TX loading 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Inf Div. - Image: ARC