The crew of the U.S. Army landing craft Malvern Hill secures containers and heavy equipment on the ship's deck Saturday, July 14, 2012 at Lash Dock. The Malvern Hill was scheduled to depart Kodiak today, carrying supplies originally intended to help relocate the village of Newtok away from its eroding Southwest Alaska shoreline. The supplies were originally carried aboard the landing craft Monterrey, which ran aground last month on Humpback Rock.
The U.S. Army landing craft Malvern Hill is seen moored at Lash Dock Saturday, July 14, 2012. The landing craft was scheduled to depart Kodiak today for Port Angeles, Wash.
The nameplate of the U.S. Army landing craft Malvern Hill is seen Saturday, July 14, 2012 at Lash Dock. One hundred and fifty years ago this month was the Battle of Malvern Hill, for which the landing craft is named. In the battle, Union soldiers fended off Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia, inflicting 5,300 casualties on the Confederate Army.
Soldiers secure the final containers of cargo to the deck of the Malvern Hill Saturday, July 14, 2012 before departing Kodiak with supplies originally carried on the landing craft Monterrey.
The crew of the Army landing craft Malvern Hill spent the weekend tightening chains, chocking wheels and generally preparing to set sail. The Malvern Hill was scheduled to leave Kodiak's Lash Dock today for Port Angeles, Wash., where it will drop off construction equipment brought to Kodiak by the landing craft Monterrey.
Last month, that landing craft hit Humpback Rock, causing the largest diesel spill in the recent memory of Kodiak harbor. The accident aborted the Monterrey's planned mission to help the Southwest Alaska village of Newtok move away from eroding shoreline.
The Malvern Hill's visit to Kodiak comes at the 150th anniversary of its namesake battle, which took place July 1, 1862 as the Union Army retreated away from Richmond, Va. and the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia led by Gen. Robert E. Lee. During the Battle of Malvern Hill, a Union Army held Lee at bay, inflicting 5,300 casualties.