American Maritime Officer: July 2017

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American Roll-on Roll-off Carrier christens M/V Liberty for Maritime Security Program fleet

In a ceremony June 2 in the Port of Charleston, American Roll-on Roll-off Carrier (ARC) christened the M/V Liberty, welcoming one of the most versatile and militarily-useful ships to the U.S.-flag commercial fleet, along with friends and allies from the Department of Defense, Department of Transportation, maritime labor, and a myriad of customers and business partners.

ARC President & CEO Eric Ebeling welcomed guests to the Port of Charleston, a fitting venue as Charleston is a unique port for ARC due to its handling of large volumes of both commercial and military cargoes. South Carolina Ports Authority President & CEO Jim Newsome was on hand to welcome Captain Kenneth DeGroff and the rest of the ship's officers and crew to Charleston.

The keynote address was delivered by U.S Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao.

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