NEW CUMBERLAND, Pa. –
Defense Logistics Agency Distribution Norfolk, Virginia, employees downloaded retrograde material and equipment from Aug. 18 through Aug. 19 from the Ocean Gladiator, successfully concluding the annual resupply mission for the remote Thule Air Base, Greenland. Thule is located 750 miles north of the Arctic Circle and is home to the northernmost deep water port in the world.
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Navy Cargo Handling Battalion 5 joined the DDNV team for the final leg of the mission, providing support for rigging and crane operations and conducting the risk assessment.¬ The team successfully downloaded 49 containers from the ship, filled with equipment and supplies no longer needed by Thule Air Base. The material included three fuel tank trailers, a forklift, a compact wheel loader, tires, expended hazardous materials and scrap metal.
“The variety of material demonstrates the complexity of the offload mission and the extensive expertise required of the joint military and civilian team,” said Matthew Progen, DDNV chief strategy officer.