Over 200 pieces of weaponry, including armoured vehicles and military trucks for the American 1st Battalion, 185th Infantry Regiment, were transshipped in the Port of Gdynia. Equipment from the 3rd Battalion, 161st Infantry Regiment was transported to the USA. The Port of Gdynia will be used to unload American military equipment until February 14th.
The American equipment arrived in Gdynia on January 31 aboard the ARC Patriot ship and was unloaded at the BCT container terminal.
More than 200 pieces of equipment from the U.S. Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 185th Infantry Regiment, based in California, were offloaded at the Gdynia port facility in support of NATO Enhanced Forward. The mission runs from Jan. 30 to Feb. 14, said U.S. Army Press Officer Jeffrey Jurgensen, quoted in the release.
In an interview with Radio Gdansk, Jurgensen assured that most of the imported equipment will remain in Poland.
– The soldiers, who will use it in the so-called Enhanced Forward Presence program as part of the NATO mission, come from American military units from California, Washington and Oregon. They will exercise together with the Polish military in Poland, but also with the Baltic countries and other partners in the Enhanced Forward Presence program, namely Croatia, Romania and the United Kingdom, Jurgensen explained.
The equipment was delivered to the storage yard of the Port of Gdynia, whose construction was completed in the middle of last year. The area is about 23 hectares and is equipped with modern infrastructure.
– Thanks to the faster than initially planned handing over of the storage yard and the maneuvering area, at such an important moment for the Port of Gdynia, when the next transshipment record is set, we have greater capabilities and we have already been able to serve the American troops within the framework of permanent cooperation without detriment to other groups of cargo handled in the port. We are happy with this long-term cooperation and already now the Port of Gdynia is working on procedures to make this long-term cooperation last in the years to come – said deputy director for real estate and contracts of the Port of Gdynia Authority
The American army regularly uses the services of Polish ports. In 2021, first the Port of Gdansk and then the Port of Gdynia received a large shipment of military equipment. These were tanks and combat vehicles. Vehicles belonging to the US Army 1st Infantry Division arrived in Poland from Fort Riley on board two ships.
In mid-May 2021, among others, 24 combat vehicles belonging to the Danish army arrived at the Port of Gdansk aboard Finlandia Seaways. In turn, in 2017, American combat equipment – tanks, self-propelled howitzers and infantry fighting vehicles – was transshipped twice at the DCT container terminal.
Below is a video report from that event:
In March, equipment for the NATO Multinational Battle Group mission in Orzysz arrived aboard the transport ship Green Ridge. The next shipment took place in September and the Endurance ship came to DCT. At that time, as part of strengthening NATO’s eastern flank, the U.S. 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team arrived in Gdansk”.