MV Ocean Giant Arrives in Antarctica in Support of U.S. Antarctic Program

February 1, 2019 – Military Sealift Command-chartered container ship MV Ocean Giant arrived safely at the ice-pier at the National Science Foundation’s McMurdo Station, Antarctica, and is currently conducting cargo offloads. The operation is part of MSC’s annual resupply mission in support of Operation Deep Freeze, the Joint Task Force Support for Antarctica mission to the NSF-managed U.S. Antarctic Program. Ocean Giant, whose mission began in late December, with a loadout of dry cargo in Port Hueneme, Calif., is delivering 498 containers and various breakbulk equaling nearly 7 million pounds…

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NCHB 1 Sailors Return to Support Operation Deep Freeze

January 23, 2017 – Sailors assigned to Navy Cargo Handling Battalion (NCHB) 1 deployed to Antarctica in mid-January to support the U.S. Antarctic Program (USAP), the nation’s research program on the southernmost continent, which is managed by the National Science Foundation (NSF). NCHB 1 deployed to NSF’s McMurdo Station, where less than one percent of the world’s population has ever visited, as part of Operation Deep Freeze — the military’s logistical support component of the USAP. McMurdo, the main U.S. station in Antarctica, is located at the southern tip of…

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