The ship Great Land (TOTE) arrived in San Diego at the General Dynamics Land Systems Stryker Refit facility
Tuesday, February 16th 2010 at 6AM, and left there Wednesday 2-17-10 at 8AM, bound for Portland, Oregon.
The Great Land had landed in Pearl Harbor on February 8th 2010 before moving on to San Diego. It came to
Pearl Harbor Hawaii from Tacoma Washington early this month.
It was suspected, and is now confirmed, that the Great Land took a cargo of Stryker combat vehicles from
Tacoma to Pearl Harbor and then either picked up or dropped off materials at San Diego. This is not a
normal operation for the vessel, nor is its terminal of call at San Diego a normal berth for the ship.
The ship is expected at Portland on February 21, 2010 around 8AM.
The US Coast Guard vessel Mellon, also normally seen in Puget Sound, was also spotted off the coast of San
I estimate that the repaired vehicles of the Hawaii (Schofield Barracks) based 2-25th Stryker Brigade
Combat Team are arriving early Monday morning at Pearl Harbor, aboard the Totem Ocean Trailer Express ship
"Greatland" or Great Land (Sources on the radio spectrum differ from the ship's own nameplate).
The ship left a week ago from Tacoma Washington, and was last seen via radio transponder just north of
Hawaii at the following link:
Background on the ship, including its image, can be found at:
These vehicles were "reset" (repaired, refurbished and replaced) at Fort Lewis Washington, supported by
defense contractor General Dynamics Land Systems.
Port Militarization Resistance (Olympia) has tracked these vehicles ever since 2006, including this
shipment prior to its arrival at Fort Lewis in October/November 2009.
We photographed the ship just prior to its leaving Tacoma, the same morning we found it broadcasting its
intended destination. Unfortunately, it was already loaded and no one had noticed and reported any
northbound trucks carrying the vehicles to the Port of Tacoma.
It is highly unusual in my own experience for a TOTE ship to travel to Hawaii. Their regular routes are
all to and from Alaska. TOTE also carried the Alaska-based Strykers during their previous reset cycle.
Newspapers in Hawaii (Honolulu) have been tipped to the potential news story.