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US Navy's joint high-speed vessel USNS Millinocket (JHSV 3) at the Austal USA yard. Photo US Navy/Austal

US Navy's joint high-speed vessel USNS Millinocket (JHSV 3) at the Austal USA yard. Photo US Navy/Austal


25 March 2014 naval-technology.com


The US Navy has taken delivery of the third Spearhead-class joint high-speed vessel (JHSV), USNS Millinocket (JHSV 3), from Austal USA in Mobile, Alabama, US, marking a major milestone in the ship's transition to operational status.


The 103m-long high-speed catamaran has been designed as part of the US Department of Defense's (DoD) ten-ship contract, worth more than $1.6bn, to support theatre cooperating missions, US Marine Corps, Seabees and Army transportation.


Strategic and Theater Sealift programme manager Captain Henry Stevens said: "Millinocket's speed, agility and cargo capabilities will be an asset to operations around the world."


Capable of transporting 600t of military cargo 1,200nm at an average speed of 35k, the JHSV can support a wide range of operations including non-combatant evacuation operations, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.


Military Sealift Command (MSC) commander Rear Admiral Shannon said: "The JHSV ship class, including USNS Millinocket, will play an important part in the future of our joint forces in terms of affordability, flexibility, speed and agility."


The 2,400t versatile, non-combatant, transport ship can accommodate a crew of 42 and can cruise at a maximum speed of 43k using four MTU 20V8000 M71L diesel engines driving four Wartsila WLD 1400 SR waterjets through four ZF 60000NR2H reduction gears.


Equipped with Navair level 1 class 2 certified flight deck to support the CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter operations, the vessels can be used for military logistics and humanitarian relief operations, in addition to transportation of troops, military vehicles, cargo and equipment.


Owned and operated by MSC, USNS Millinocket will be manned by a crew of 22 civil service mariners.

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11 juin 2013 2 11 /06 /juin /2013 12:20
USNS Millinocket (JHSV 3) - photo Austal

USNS Millinocket (JHSV 3) - photo Austal

Jun 7, 2013 ASDNews Source : US Navy


USNS Millinocket (JHSV 3) successfully launched, June 5, from the Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, Ala.


The third joint high speed vessel is a versatile, non-combatant, transport ship that will be used for fast intra-theater transportation of troops, military vehicles and equipment.


"This launch is an important achievement for the program, as it's the first time the ship has entered the water," said JHSV program manager Capt. Henry Stevens. "Launching signifies a ship is ready to enter into the final phase of construction including test and activation of major equipment such as the propulsion plant."


Millinocket will now prepare for a series of trials conducted by the shipbuilder, testing overall system performance underway prior to demonstration to the Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey later this year.


Each JHSV is designed to commercial standards, with limited modifications for military use. These vessels can transport 600 short tons 1,200 nautical miles at an average speed of 35 knots and can operate in shallow-draft ports and waterways, providing U.S. forces added mobility and flexibility. The ships also have an aviation flight deck to support day and night air vehicle launch and recovery operations. JHSVs have berthing space for up to 104 personnel and airline-style seating for up to 312.


JHSV 3 is one of two JHSVs currently under construction at Austal. The future USNS Fall River (JHSV 4) held a keel laying and authentication ceremony May 20, and JHSV 5 started fabrication in February. USNS Choctaw County delivered June 6. The lead ship of the class, USNS Spearhead, was delivered to the Navy in December 2012. A total of ten JHSV class ships are under contract with Austal.


Millinocket is designated as a U.S. Naval Ship (USNS), signifying its civilian crew. The vessel will have a core crew of 22 civilian mariners who will operate and navigate the ship as part of the U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command.


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