Gdansk, Poland – American Roll-On Roll-Off Carrier (ARC) Group recently loaded the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team (ABCT), 1st Infantry Division on M/V Endurance at the port of Gdansk, Poland. The “Devil Brigade” completed an 11-month deployment in support of NATO allies supporting Atlantic Resolve, an ongoing series of rotational deployments. ARC’s unwavering commitment to the Department of Defense’s strategic sealift requirements resulted in a successful and expeditious 1/1 ABCT redeployment. In total, ARC provided three U.S.-flag vessels at four ports of embarkation in Northern and Southern Europe in support of the redeployment.
In addition to providing the strategic sealift, ARC also performed the stevedoring and related terminal services at the Port of Gdansk, providing a one-stop shop for the U.S. Government. Chris Heibel, a retired U.S. Army Colonel and Senior Vice President Commercial at ARC, was on the ground and said, “This loadout is one of the most efficient operations I have witnessed. I credit this to a collaborative effort between ARC’s team of professionals, the 598th Transportation Brigade, Surface Deployment Distribution Command (SDDC), and the exemplary command leadership of the 1/1 ABCT at the port.”
The M/V Endurance is one of the largest, most capable commercial vessels in the global fleet with a 320 metric ton (MT) stern ramp, main deck maximum height of 20 feet (6.25 meters), and 262,252 square feet of militarily useful capacity. The vessel can also carry V-22s and CH-47s in sealift configuration, allowing the highest readiness posture immediately upon discharge.
ARC provides Government Services including global logistics and shipping services. ARC and its U.S. affiliates own and manage the largest U.S.-flag roll-on roll-off (Ro-Ro) fleet. This includes providing 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.