The Blount Island-based 832nd Transportation Battalion recently moved multi-million dollar helicopters and other equipment for the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division through JAXPORT.
The equipment, which includes approximately 60 helicopters, 400 vehicles, and other mission-essential cargo, was shipped through the Blount Island Terminal and up to Kentucky, following the 101st Airborne Division’s deployment overseas.
The helicopters include AH-64 Apache attack helicopters, CH-47 Chinook cargo helicopters and UH-60 Black Hawk utility helicopters. The aircraft were rolled off the U.S.-flag vessel Alliance St. Louis using the helicopters’ landing gear before being flown back to Kentucky. The other cargo was transported to its destination via rail.
Port partner Portus served as stevedore while the U.S. Army’s 597th Transportation Brigade oversaw the move.
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.