LIVORNO, ITALY – M/V Resolve loaded cargo at Livorno, Italy on August 13 destined for Qatar and Kuwait as part of a reset of Army Prepositioned Stocks (APS).

There are five Army prepositioned sets of equipment: APS-1 (in the continental United States); APS-2 stocks (in Europe); APS-3 (Afloat); APS-4 (Northeast Asia); and APS-5 (in Southwest Asia). In this recent ARC move, APS-2 in Livorno was re-supplying APS-5 in the Persian Gulf due to APS-5’s nearly continuous usage in support of Iraq and Afghanistan operations.

Nearly 600 units of cargo were loaded on Resolve in Livorno for carriage to the Middle East. Resolve moved a mix of trucks, tractors, wreckers, fuel tanks, cargo handlers and various other items to replenish Army stocks in the Middle East. Resolve also loaded 300 units of cargo in Kuwait on September 7, some to return to Livorno for refurbishment, as well as other retrograde cargo for the United States. The other retrograde cargo was discharged from Resolve along the East and Gulf coasts, ending in Galveston on November 1.

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