BREMERHAVEN, GERMANY – Under contract with American Roll-On Roll-Off Carrier (ARC), M/V Merchant discharged a U.S. Army Patriot missile battery in Bremerhaven on January 2 after it had been used in support of ongoing NATO operations in Turkey.

Nearly 300 units of cargo were loaded on M/V Merchant in Iskenderun, Turkey on December 16 for carriage to Germany. M/V Merchant moved a mix of trucks, tractors, containers and equipment associated with the missile battery.

According to the NATO website, German, Dutch and American Patriot missile batteries are now operating under NATO command and control in southern Turkey. The NATO Alliance deployed these assets in order to augment Turkey’s air defense capabilities to defend the population and territory of Turkey. This deployment is defensive only and
represents a concrete demonstration of Alliance solidarity and resolve.

ARC is the largest U.S.-flag Ro-Ro carrier, and the third largest U.S.-flag carrier operating in international trade. Founded in 1990, the company provides American- owned, managed, and crewed Ro-Ro shipping services committed to the requirements of the Department of Defense, other U.S. government departments and commercial customers. ARC headquarters are in New Jersey, and additional principal offices are in Germany and Washington, DC.

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