U.S. Military tags a RoRo ship for Osprey aircraft transport
The United States Military recently needed to transport several CV-22 Osprey aircraft and found the right partners in Jacksonville Port Authority and American Roll-On Roll-Off Carreir (ARC). The aircraft were moved for the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) at the port’s Blount Island Marine Terminal.
AFSOC conducts global special operations missions ranging from precision application of firepower to infiltration, exfiltration, resupply and refuelling of Special Operations Forces operational elements. These aircraft will be used to support military missions overseas.
Part of the Transport
U.S. Air Force pilots flew the Ospreys onto the port from Hurlburt Field, Florida. Once on site, stevedores with SSA Atlantic towed the aircraft onboard ARC’s M/V Patriot.
The South Carolina-based 841st Transportation Battalion and Virginia-based 597th Transportation Brigade – units of the U.S. Army’s Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC) – coordinated the equipment’s movement through the port.
The M/V Patriot is one of the most capable roll-on roll-off ships in the U.S.-flag fleet with an overall length of 653 ft (199 meters) and is one of only a handful of U.S.-flag Ro-Ro ships certified to carry V-22s and CH-47 helicopters in sealift configuration. The vessel has a stern ramp rated to carry loads weighing up to 240 metric tons (MT), a main deck maximum height of 21.32 ft (6.5 meters), and 165,121 square feet of militarily useful capacity.