The Army has a new high-speed transport:
The Spearhead is an all-Army endeavor, operated by the 469th Transportation Detachment, Fort Eustis, Va. TSV missions have included hauling two Patriot missile battalions from Qatar to the Kuwaiti naval base in a joint effort with the LSVs in theater.
The TSV also moved the 101st Airborne Division military police from Djibouti to Kuwait, making the 2,000-mile trip in two and a half days. A traditional LSV would have taken 10 days. The TSV also carried 500 tons of ammunition from Jordan’s Aqaba Port to Kuwait.
(Follow the link for more and bigger pics at Strategy Page.)
We need more of this sort of thing. We are constantly hamstrung by a lack of sufficient transport for our ground forces. And despite constant efforts to make our military all-airlift-all-the-time it just ain’t gonna’ happen. Sealift is what it takes to keep an Army in the field.
If that vessel is running supplies to deployed forces, it would deliver four loads in the time that a traditional vessel would take to deliver one. And deployed troops can never have enough stuff.
Many, many more pics and links here.