Here, the Military Sealift Command-chartered cargo ship MV Green Wave is in the process of offloading more than 6.8 million pounds of vital supplies, including food and research equipment, loaded from Port Hueneme, California at the McMurdo Station in Antarctica.
The delivery was part of Operation Deep Freeze, an annual resupply mission to the McMurdo Station that was completed on February 24th. Just one month earlier, the MSC-chartered tanker MT Maersk Peary brought more than 6.3 million gallons of crucial diesel, gasoline and jet fuel to the station.
Operation Deep Freeze supplies 100 percent of the McMurdo Stations yearly supply of fuel and about 80 percent of the supplies needed by researchers and support personnel living and working across Antarctica throughout the year.
After unloading its cargo, the MV Green Wave was loaded with cargo needed to be taken off the continent, including ice core samples, trash, and other materials. The MV Green Wave is due back at Port Hueneme on March 26.