CONSTANTA, Romania (BulgarianMilitary.com), 3 September 2018, Editor: Galina Zdravkova, Photo credit: Sgt. Kris Bonet, U.S. Army/U.S. Transportation Command members oversee the docking of the USNS Carson City (T-EPF 7) at the Port of Constanta, Romania on 24 August 2018.
The US Army announced on 28 August 2018 that the high-speed vessel USNS Carson City (T-EPF 7) was tested to transport troops and cargo across the Black Sea on 24 August 2018. In this way, soldiers, sailors and civilians from the U.S. Transportation Command contributed to improvement of the military logistics efficiency, learned BulgarianMilitary.com
Logistics (ensured equipment, a full plate of food, ammunition) is something that some soldiers and service members may take for granted. However, these resources are provided as a result of excellent organization and detailed planning.
The USNS Carson City is the first vessel of its kind to travel the Black Sea in support of the U.S. Army Europe operations. The vessel left the Poti Sea Port in Georgia on 22 August 2018 with soldiers, Abrams Battle Tanks and Bradley Fighting Vehicles aboard and docked at the Port of Constanta, Romania after two days.
Lieutenant-Colonel John Hotek, commander of the 839th Transportation Battalion, commented, “Looking forward to future exercises being planned to take place in the Balkans as well as the Black Sea region, the T-EPF is perfect for some of those smaller ports that we want to utilize but can’t get the larger ships to dock. This proved that it’s a very viable solution, very cost effective, [and] very economical and efficient.”
The successful traverse of the USNS Carson City on the Black Sea will influence the planning of future exercises within the European training environment.
The Carson City (T-EPF 7) is a Spearhead-class expeditionary fast transport, a high-speed, shallow draft vessel used for supporting joint and coalition force operations for the Army and Navy by transporting troops, military vehicles, supplies and equipment between small shores across various areas of operations. It can hold up to 600 short tons, sail across 1,200 nautical miles (2,223 km) at an average speed of 35 knots (64 km/h).
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