• These mine resistant ambush protected vehicles, shown in the staging yard at Charleston Naval Weapons Station, S.C. will be shipped to the Middle East.

    SDDC Ships 2000th MRAP to Theater

    These mine resistant ambush protected vehicles, shown in the staging yard at Charleston Naval Weapons Station, S.C. will be shipped to the Middle East.

  • A mine resistant ambush protected vehicle rolls onto the ramp of a Navy cargo ship at the strategic seaport of Charleston, S.C., Feb. 19. The 841st Transportation Battalion, a subordinate unit of Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command, provides command and control of the DOD sealift mission. Capt. Phil Raumberger supervises the operation.

    SDDC Ships 2000th MRAP to Theater

    A mine resistant ambush protected vehicle rolls onto the ramp of a Navy cargo ship at the strategic seaport of Charleston, S.C., Feb. 19. The 841st Transportation Battalion, a subordinate unit of Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command...

  • New Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicles are staged in the seaport staging area in Charleston, S.C., Feb. 15. These MRAPs will be shipped to the Middle East.

    SDDC Ships 2000th MRAP to Theater

    New Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicles are staged in the seaport staging area in Charleston, S.C., Feb. 15. These MRAPs will be shipped to the Middle East.

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Army News Service, March 28, 2008) -- The Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command's 841st Transportation Battalion here recently shipped the 2,000th mine resistant ambush protected vehicle by sealift to operations in the Middle East.

"MRAPs are the top priority mission for us," said Isabel Geiger, 841st Transportation Battalion operations officer. "And we expect to continue moving this cargo at a high pace."

The largest sealift shipment of MRAPs out of Charleston consisted of more than 500 vehicles on one Navy cargo ship. Transporting the same number of vehicles by airlift would require approximately 150 Air Force cargo planes.

"To date, we have shipped over 2,400 MRAPs without incident," said Lt. Col. Randolph Haufe, 841st Transportation Battalion commander.

"The 841st manages a dedicated workforce of civilian longshoremen that provide superior labor. Without the local longshoremen, we would have to bring a large group of qualified Soldiers to the port to act as our labor force," said Kristine Sports, 841st Transportation Battalion contracting officer representative.

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