US Navy’s third joint high speed ves­sel launched


USNS Millinocket ( JHSV 3) was suc­cess­fully launched from the Austal USA ship­yard in Mo­bile, Alabama, re­cently. The third joint high speed ves­sel is a ver­sa­tile, non-com­bat­ant, trans­port ship that will be used for fast in­tra-theatre trans­porta­tion of troops, mil­i­tary ve­hi­cles and equip­ment.

“This launch is an im­por­tant achieve­ment for the pro­gramme, as it’s the first time the ship has en­tered the wa­ter,” said JHSV Pro­gramme 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 tonnes 1,200 nau­ti­cal miles at an aver­age speed of 35 knots and can op­er­ate in shal­low-draft ports and water­ways, pro­vid­ing US 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.

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