JHSV 3 com­pletes builder’s tri­als


The fu­ture USNS Millinocket ( JHSV 3), re­cently com­pleted builder’s sea tri­als at the Austal USA ship­yard in Mo­bile, Alabama. Suc­cess­ful completion of builder’s tri­als marks the end of the first phase of a set of rig­or­ous tri­als dur­ing which all of the ship’s sys­tems and ca­pa­bil­i­ties are eval­u­ated to en­sure they are in ac­cor­dance with its plans and spec­i­fi­ca­tions.

Dur­ing the tri­als, Austal con­ducted com­pre­hen­sive tests to the ship’s ma­jor sys­tems in­clud­ing the com­bat, propul­sion, bal­last­ing, com­mu­ni­ca­tions, nav­i­ga­tions and mis­sion sys­tems.

“Millinocket per­formed well,” said Strate­gic and The­ater Sealift Pro­gramme Man­ager Cap­tain Henry Stevens. “Over the last few days, we con­ducted hun­dreds of tests to eval­u­ate the ship’s sys­tems, han­dling and ca­pa­bil­i­ties all of which bring us one step closer to ac­cep­tance tri­als and de­liv­ery.”

Millinocket is the third ship of the JHSV class. This ver­sa­tile, non-com­bat­ant, trans­port ship will be used for the fast in­tra-theatre trans­porta­tion of troops, mil­i­tary ve­hi­cles and equip­ment.

JHSV is de­signed to com­mer­cial stan­dards, with lim­ited mod­i­fi­ca­tions for mil­i­tary use. The ves­sel is ca­pa­ble of trans­port­ing 600 short tonnes 1,200 nau­ti­cal miles at an av­er­age speed of 35 knots, and can op­er­ate in shal­low-draft ports and wa­ter­ways, in­ter­fac­ing with roll-on/roll-off dis­charge fa­cil­i­ties, and on/off-load­ing a com­bat-loaded Abrams main bat­tle tank (M1A2). Other joint re­quire­ments in­clude an avi­a­tion flight deck to sup­port day and night air­craft launch and re­cov­ery op­er­a­tions. The JHSV class will have air­line style seat­ing for 312 em­barked forces, with fixed berthing for 104.

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