Defender Europe – Albania – The USNS Bob Hope along with two U.S. Army Logistics Support Vessels
Publicado el 1 may 2021
DURRES, Albania — Albania’s main port of Durres has welcomed a huge influx of containers and big trucks this week ahead of NATO exercises, a concentration of military vehicles that U.S. officials said has not been seen in the Adriatic nation since World War II.
Some 700 pieces of equipment from the Florida National Guard’s 53rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team were being discharged from the USNS Bob Hope at Durres, 33 kilometers (20 miles) west of the capital, Tirana. They will be used for two weeks of training involving up to 6,000 U.S. troops at six Albanian military bases.
It’s part of the US Army-led Defender-Europe 21 multinational military exercises, which are focused on deterring aggression and building operational readiness with NATO and a greater number of allies and partners. They run from May 17 to June 2.
JLOTS (Joint Logistics Over the Shore) operations in support of Defender-Europe 21
Defender Europe forces have arrived at the port in Durres, Albania. The USNS Bob Hope along with two U.S. Army Logistics Support Vessels (LSV) are now in theater and ready to begin JLOTS (Joint Logistics Over the Shore) operations in support of Defender-Europe 21.
This is the very first time the U.S. armed forces have worked with Albanian NATO allies to conduct an operation like this in Durres.
The 839th ‘Chiave per il Med’ (Key to the Med’) Trans BN is supporting the 7th Transportation BDE (EXP) and U.S. Navy (MSC) partners to make this strategically critical port op happen efficiently and safely.
This represents the ‘kick-off’ of Defender-Europe 21, and the 598th is proud and excited to be part of the team bringing combat power into Europe.