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Army watercraft makes pit stop in Wilmington

The U.S. Army vessel New Orleans arrived in Wilmington on Wednesday. (Source: WECT) The U.S. Army vessel New Orleans arrived in Wilmington on Wednesday. (Source: WECT)
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -

Those enjoying the Riverwalk may have noticed an additional military ship moored alongside the Coast Guard Cutter Diligence this week.

The U.S. Army vessel New Orleans arrived in Wilmington on Wednesday.

Based out of Tampa, Fla., the New Orleans has a detachment in Morehead City, making Wilmington an easy stop as it makes its way out for a training exercise later this week.

The New Orleans was built in 1992, and is used by the U.S. Army Reserves as a transport vessel. The ship and others like it transport smaller vessels, vehicles and other cargo where larger ships cannot.

“Think of us as a water-born Army truck,” said Chief Warrant Officer Robert Carter.

The New Orleans, known officially as LCU-2031, is crewed by the 824th Transportation Company (heavy watercraft).

Carter said the ship has never seen active duty, but other vessels in its class are frequently used in military theaters across the globe.

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