Riga Port Hosts One of Largest “Ro-Ro Ships” Delivering U.S. Military Equipment

Posted July 15, 2016 at 4:29am

The Baltic Course reports that “the USS Independence II, delivering several UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters and other U.S. military equipment to Latvia, arrived in the port of Riga this week, LETA was told at the port.”  

“The military cargo has been delivered to Latvia as part of Strong Europe initiative and Operation Atlantic Resolve. More than 60 U.S. soldiers from the 3rd Battalion of the 501st Aviation Regiment have already arrived in Latvia to train alongside Latvian troops and to take part in multinational military exercises in Latvia.”  

“The port’s representatives said that the Independence II is one of the largest ro-ro ships, or vessels meant for the transportation of rolling stock, to ever dock in Riga port. The ship is 199 meters long and 32 meters wide, and its draft is 11 meters.”