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Navy Cargo Handlers Return from Overseas Deployment

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Story Number: NNS080801-10
Release Date: 8/1/2008 12:31:00 PM

By Lt. Penny Cockerell, Navy Experitionary Logistics Support Group Public Affairs

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (NNS) -- More than two dozen Navy cargo handlers will arrive home late July 31, after a six-month deployment to Iraq.

The active duty Sailors are all from Navy Cargo Handling Battalion (NCHB) 1, based at Naval Weapons Station Yorktown-Cheatham Annex in Williamsburg, Va. NCHB 1 is the active duty component of the Navy Expeditionary Logistics Support Group. They will arrive about midnight, July 31, by bus after landing in Baltimore.

The 26 Sailors provided cargo handling and air terminal services to combat and other units in the area in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Their mission is the fourth rotation of air cargo transfer platoons (CTP-4) to deploy to Iraq since the war began.

"Our entire CTP-4 team worked magnificently, under tough conditions, to get the mission accomplished," said Cmdr. Joe Newbury, commanding officer of NCHB 1. "We welcome them home with the pride that comes from a job well done. They certainly paved the way for CTP-5 as it continues the mission."

The CTP-4 team worked directly for the Army at an airbase in western Iraq, consolidating material as it arrived for onward transportation. This air cargo mission reduces the number of ground convoys required in Iraq, thus making our troops safer.

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