Monday, September 12, 2011
USNS Benavidez (T-AKR 306)
The Large, Medium-Speed Roll-on/Roll-off Ship USNS Benavidez (T-AKR 306) sits pierside in Souda harbor during a brief port visit. Benavidez is carrying more than 230,000 square feet of U.S. Army combat equipment and supplies, belonging to the Ft. Hood, Texas based 1st Cavalry Division currently deploying for service in Iraq. The ship sailed from the U.S. and will off-load in Kuwait. The move is part of a standard rotation of forces and their equipment in and out of Iraq. The 950-foot vessel is named for Medal of Honor recipient Army Master Sergeant Roy P. Benavidez. USNS Benavidez is one of Military Sealift Command's nineteen Large, Medium-Speed Roll-on/Roll-off Ships and is part of the 28 ships in the Sealift Program Office. U.S. Navy photo by Paul Farley.