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Bowling Green-based 189th Engineers field new float bridge system

Soldiers from the Bowling Green-based 189th Multi-Role Bridge Company conduct training on the operation of the U.S. Army’s Tactical Float Ribbon Bridge System Oct. 28, 2010, at Fort A.P. Hill. The training wrapped up a two-week fielding process where approximately 20 Soldiers from the company learned how to deploy the Improved Ribbon Bridge which can be used to transport weapon systems, troops and supplies over water when permanent bridges are not available.

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The system consists of the Improved Ribbon Bridge interior and ramp bays, Propulsion Bridge Erection Boats and Common Bridge Transporters, and these components are required to transport, launch, erect and retrieve the floating bridge. The system can be configured as a fixed bridge to span a body of water or as a ferry to cross the water with the aide of the propulsion boats.

The Improved Ribbon Bridge replaces the Standard Ribbon Bridge and is faster and easier to assembly and provides greater capability in terms of carry capacity and width. The improved system is able to cross faster water currents and allows for two way traffic with heavier vehicles. When fully deployed the bridge will support the M1 Abrams tanks, the largest tracked vehicle in the Army’s inventory.

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