Sailors, Airmen, and civilians from several Rota commands helped transport the 101st equipment from a Military Sealift Command (MSC) ship, USNS Pililaau (T-AKR
304), moored at the Rota pier to awaiting Air Force C-5s on the flight line which, in turn, flew the helicopters and equipment downrange.
In this case, containers from USNS Red Cloud (T-AKR
313), a large, medium-speed, roll-on/roll-off ship were discharged onto Navy barges using ship-based cranes.
In January, approximately 4,800 soldiers from the 25th Infantry were sent to Kirkuk, Iraq, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and it was FISC's mission to load their war material on board the USNS Pililaau (T-AKR
USNS Watson (T-AKR 310) USNS Sisler (T-AKR 311) USNS Dahl (T-AKR 312) USNS Red Cloud (T-AKR 313 USNS Charlton (T-AKR 314) USNS Watkins (T-AKR 15) USNS Pomeroy (T-AKR 316) USNS Soderman (T-AKR 317)
USNS Algol (T-AKR 287) USNS Bellatrix (T-AKR 288) USNS Denebola (T-AKR 289) USNS Pollux (T-AKR 290) USNS Altair (T-AKR 291) USNS Regulus (T-AKR 292) USNS Capella (T-AKR 293) USNS Antares (T-AKR 294)
USNS Bob Hope (T-AKR
300) was commissioned in 1998.
(Large, Medium-Speed, Roll-on/Roll-off Ships)