Heavy Duty Transport: U.S. Marine’s Tanks on Bulgarian Trains

Written by on August 26, 2016 in Bulgaria - No comments

Yes, the Bulgarian railway system might be antiquated and the tracks might be twisted. But one thing is clear: Bulgarian freight trains can carry a lot more than just a few boxes of rose oil. U.S. Marines stationed in Novo Selo just loaded countless tanks, transporters, amphibious assault vehicles and artillery cannons on freight trains in that town.

The destination of all the equipment is Tblisi in Georgia, where the exercise Agile Spirit 2016 is taking place. According to the Marine Corps Forces Europe, the U.S. Armed Forces are very satisfied with the transportation option provided by the Bulgarian Railways. “We chose to move the equipment by rail for the combined arms company because we have to get it to the port city which is quite a distance from our current location,” said Master Sgt. Jason Pittsely, the Combined Arms Company Operations Chief. “It is the quickest and the easiest method to move all of our equipment in one movement.”

Agile Spirit 2016, according to the American military divisions in Bulgaria, is “a multi-national operation focused on enhancing the participating nations’ abilities to conduct joint conventional operations and combined arms integration at the battalion level.”

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