4CAB return to USA

Between February 1 and February 12, 2019, 46 US Army helicopters (4th Combat Aviation Brigade, 4CAB) flew from Germany to the port of Rotterdam (the Netherlands) with an intermediate stop at Eindhoven AirBase (ICAO code: EHEH), the Netherlands.

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US Army helicopters belonging to 4CAB return to USA.

The US Army helicopters flew from helicopter base Ansbach (ICAO code: ETEB) and helicopter base Wiesbaden (ICAO code: ETOU), Germany, to Eindhoven AirBase for an intermediate stop. From Eindhoven, the helicopters flew to the port of Rotterdam, where they were disassembled and prepared for transportation by ship back to the United States. Also the material of the ground forces (some 1000 trucks and containers) will be shipped back via the port of Rotterdam.

Due to the longlasting commitment to support NATO countries, the operation ‘Atlantic Resolve’ was started to have continuous a US Army unit active in Europe. For 9 months, a US Army Brigade and it’s helicopters will be based in Europe. Part of this operation will be to train the shipment to and from Europe

In June 2018, the 4CAB started their deployment to Europe and it’s replacement the 1th Combat Aviation Brigade (1CAB) is already flying in the european skies for the next 5 months,

The 4CAB is based in Fort Carson , Colorado, USA; and it consists of 12 CH-47 Chinooks, 24 AH-64 Apaches en 52 UH-60/HH-60 Blackhawks. The mainpart of the helicopters departed Europe via Eindhoven AirBase and the port of Rotterdam. The remaining part left Europe via a port in Greece.

The Eindhoven AirBase was used as a buffer, because the capacity in Rotterdam was not enough to receive all helicopters in one time. During a week, all helicopters left Eindhoven airbase in pairs for Rotterdam 

Photos: Joris van Boven and Alex van Noye
All photos made at Eindhoven AB, the Netherlands

Text: Joris van Boven and Alex van Noye

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