The U.S. military landed 48 specialty Army helicopters and three Air Force helicopters at JAXPORT’s Blount Island Marine Terminal during a multi-day operation. The aircraft shipments are being handled by the U.S. Army’s 832nd Transportation Battalion which is headquartered at Blount Island.
The Army helicopters, which arrived one at a time from the 101st Airborne Division in Fort Campbell, Ky., will be prepared for shipment over the next two weeks and then sent via a Ro/Ro ship to destinations in Europe. The Air Force helicopters will be processed at Blount Island before flying to an Air Force base in Northwest Florida.
The 832nd Transportation Battalion coordinates the movement of Department of Defense cargo through all ports in Florida, Latin America and the Caribbean and employs both military and civilian personnel.
JAXPORT is one of 17 strategic military seaports in the nation, and the only one in Florida, on-call to move military cargo for national defense, disaster relief and foreign humanitarian aid.
Download high resolution photos. Photo caption: The Blount Island-based U.S. Army Transportation Battalion landing the first of 51 specialty military helicopters at Blount Island. The majority of the helicopters arrived from Fort Campbell, Ky., and will be shipped to Europe from JAXPORT.