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USNS Spearhead (T-EPF-1)
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USNS Spearhead (T-JHSV-1) (2010 - 2015)


JHSV-1 Class High-speed Catamaran / EPF-1 Class Expeditionary Fast Transport:
  • Laid down, 22 July 2010, by Austal USA in Mobile, AL.
  • Launched, 13 September 2011
  • Christening, 17 September 2011
  • Delivered and placed in service 5 December 2012
    Specifications:
    Displacement 1,670 t.(lt) 2,460 t.(fl)
    Length 337' 9"
    Beam 93' 5"
    Draft 12.57' (full load)
    Speed 35 kts
    Complement 22 Civilian Mariners, capable of 42
    Troop Capacity
    104 embarked force berths
    312 embarked seating capacity
    Cargo Capacity 600 short tons in 2,000 sq. ft.
    Aircraft Capacity two helicopters (one medium folded in helo parking area and one on deck)
    Propulsion
    four MTU 20V8000 M71L Diesel engines
    four ZF 60000NR2H reduction gears
    four Wartsila WLD 1400 SR waterjets

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    USNS Spearhead (JHSV-1)
    Spearhead 324k Spearhead (JHSV-1) float off at Austal USA Mobile facility Robert Hurst
    Spearhead 4298k Spearhead (JHSV-1) moored at Austal USA Mobile facility, 28 April 2011.
    US Navy (MSC) photo
    Robert Hurst
    Spearhead 5056k Spearhead (JHSV-1) the first of 10 Navy joint high-speed vessels designed for rapid intra-theater transport of troops and military equipment, prepares for its September 17 christening ceremony at Austal USA in Mobile, AL. The 338-foot-long aluminum catamarans are designed to be fast, flexible and maneuverable even in shallow waters, making them ideal for transporting troops and equipment quickly within a theater of operations.
    US Navy photo # 110915-O-ZZ999-002 MOBILE, Ala. (Sept. 8, 2011) Courtesy Austal USA
    Lee Wahler
    Spearhead 225k Catherine A. Wahlman, ship Maid of Honor, breaks the bottle of champagne across the ship's bow during the christening, 17 September 2011, of the Navy Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV) USNS Spearhead (JHSV-1) at the Austal Shipyard in Mobile, Ala.
    US Navy photo # 110917-O-ZZ999-001 MOBILE, Ala. (Sept. 17, 2011) photo by Jordan Burch/Courtesy Austal USA
    Lee Wahler
    Spearhead 189k Spearhead (JHSV-1) at the Austal Shipyard in Mobile, AL., 6 October 2011.Photo by Lee Wahler
    Spearhead 232k Spearhead (JHSV-1) on builder trials, 27 April 2012, in the Gulf of Mexico.
    Photo courtesy Austal USA Mobile
    Ron Reeves
    Spearhead 282k
    Spearhead 354k
    Spearhead 315k
    Spearhead 781k Spearhead (JHSV-1) on builder trials, 19 April 2012, in the Gulf of Mexico.
    US Navy (MSC) photo courtesy Austal USA Mobile
    Robert Hurst
    Spearhead 1137k USNS Spearhead (T-JHSV-1) arrives for a port visit in St. Petersburg, FL.
    US Navy photo # 130210-N-ZZ999-001 ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (Feb. 10, 2013).
    Lee Wahler
    Spearhead 205k USNS Spearhead (T-JHSV-1) arrives for a port visit to Naval Station Mayport, Florida, on 14 February 2013.
    US Navy photo # 130214-N-IC228-003 by LCDR. Corey Barker.
    Lee Wahler
    Spearhead
    130214-N-TC587-018 MAYPORT, Fla. (Feb. 14, 2013)
    145k USNS Spearhead (T-JHSV-1) arrives at NavSta Mayport, FL. to be inspected by Rear Adm. Sinclair M. Harris, Commander US 4th Fleet. Spearhead is the first of nine Navy joint high-speed vessels and is designed for rapid intra-theater transport of troops and military equipment. Note the guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG-64) moored astern of Spearhead berth.
    US Navy photo #'s 130214-N-TC587-018 MAYPORT, Fla. (Feb. 14, 2013) and 130214-N-TC587-039 MAYPORT, Fla. (Feb. 14, 2013) MAYPORT, Fla. (Feb. 14, 2013) by MC3 Damian Berg.
    Lee Wahler and Robert Hurst
    Spearhead
    130214-N-TC587-039
    780k
    Spearhead 253k USNS Spearhead (T-JHSV-1) and the guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG-64) moored at NavSta Mayport FL.. Spearhead arrived here for a port visit on the way to its new homeport of Little Creek, Va. The ship will be inspected by Commander, US 4th Fleet as it is planned to support future Southern Partnership Station missions in the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 130214-N-IC228-005 MAYPORT, Fla. (Feb 14, 2013), by LCDR. Corey Barker.
    Lee Wahler
    Spearhead 254k USNS Spearhead (T-JHSV-1) departs Naval Station Mayport, Florida, 15 February 2013, after a brief port visit while on her way to her new homeport at Little Creek, VA.
    US Navy photo # 130215-N-ZZ999-001
    Robert Hurst
    Spearhead 286k USNS Spearhead (T-JHSV-1) arriving at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story. Spearhead is the first of nine Navy joint high-speed vessels and is designed for rapid intra-theater transport of troops and military equipment.
    US Navy photo # 130216-N-WC157-001 VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (Feb. 16, 2013), by William Cook.
    Robert Hurst
    Spearhead
    130820-N-ZO696-135 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 20, 2013)
    243k USNS Spearhead (T-JHSV-1) conducted high-speed trials, reaching speeds of approximately 40 knots off the coast of Virginia. ADM. Bill Gortney, commander of U.S. Fleet Forces, was aboard for the trial and was on the first helicopter to make a regularly scheduled passenger landing on the ship since passing its initial certification.
    US Navy photo #'s 130820-N-ZO696-135 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 20, 2013) and 130820-N-ZO696-182 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 20, 2013), by MC1 Phil Beaufort.
    Lee Wahler
    Spearhead
    130820-N-ZO696-182 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 20, 2013)
    243k
    Spearhead 233k USNS Spearhead (T-JHSV-1) departs Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story for a scheduled deployment in support of operations in the US 6th Fleet area of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 140116-N-XQ474-084 VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (Jan. 16, 2014), by MC3 Andrew Schneider.
    Lee Wahler
    Spearhead 77k USNS Spearhead (T-JHSV-1) moored pierside at Rota, Spain, during a scheduled port visit. The US Navy's first-in-class joint, high-speed vessel is on its first operational deployment supporting theater-security cooperation efforts and the international collaborative capacity-building program Africa Partnership Station in the US 6th Fleet area of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 140127-N-AP176-006 ROTA, Spain (Jan. 27, 2014) , by MC2 Jeff Atherton.
    Lee Wahler
    Spearhead 254k USNS Spearhead (T-JHSV-1) arrives in Souda Bay for a scheduled port visit.
    US Navy photo # 140205-N-MO201-042 SOUDA BAY, Greece (Feb. 5, 2014) by Paul Farley
    Robert M. Cieri
    Spearhead 308k Chief Mate James Regan, right, and 2nd Mate Dustin Mallioux, both civil service mariners aboard USNS Spearhead (T-JHSV-1), lower the cargo ramp as the ship arrives in Souda Bay for a scheduled port visit.
    US Navy photo # 140205-N-ZY039-164 SOUDA BAY, Greece (Feb. 5, 2014) , by MCSN Justin R. DiNiro.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Spearhead 254k USNS Spearhead (T-JHSV-1) moored at Souda Bay for a scheduled port visit. She is shown deploying the roll-on, roll-off ramp.
    US Navy photo # 140205-N-MO201-318 SOUDA BAY, Greece (Feb. 5, 2014), by Paul Farley.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Spearhead 179k USNS Spearhead (T-JHSV-1) lowers her cargo ramp onto the pier while the ship is moored for a scheduled port visit at Dakar, Senegal. Spearhead, the U.S. Navy's first-in-class joint high-speed vessel, is on her maiden deployment supporting theater security cooperation efforts and the international collaborative capacity-building program Africa Partnership Station in the US 6th Fleet area of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 140305-N-ZY039-229 DAKAR, Senegal (March 5, 2014), by MCSN Justin R. DiNiro.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Spearhead 158k USNS Spearhead (T-JHSV-1) enters port at Naval Station Rota, Spain, 1 March 2014, as part of the ship’s final Mediterranean port visit before heading to the waters off the west coast of Africa. Spearhead is deployed to the U.S. European Command and U.S. Africa Command area of responsibility, supporting the U.S. commitment to presence and partnerships in these regions.
    Defense Imagry photo # VIRIN 140301-N-BS486-670, a US Navy photo by MC3 Grant Wamack.
    Robert Hurst
    Spearhead 297k USNS Spearhead (T-JHSV-1) maneuvers alongside the pier in Lagos, Nigeria. Spearhead, is visiting Nigeria in support of the upcoming Obangame Express 2014. Obangame Express is multinational at-sea exercise designed to improve cooperation among participating nations in order to increase counter-piracy capabilities and deter other maritime crime in the Gulf of Guinea.
    US Navy photo # 140413-N-ZE250-039 LAGOS, Nigeria (April 13, 2014), by MCSN Weston Jones.
    Lee Wahler
    Spearhead 2040k USNS Spearhead (T-JHSV-1) moored at Naval Station Mayport, Fla., 29 May 2014, before getting underway in support of Southern Partnership Station (SPS) 2014. SPS is an annual deployment of U.S. ships to the U.S. Southern Command's area of responsibility in the Caribbean and Latin America. The exercise involves information sharing with navies, coast guards and civilian services throughout the region.
    Defense Imagry photo # VIRIN 140529-N-WA189-049, a US Navy photo by MC2 Adam Henderson.
    Robert Hurst
    Spearhead 232k USNS Spearhead (T-JHSV-1) crew and service members off-load gear and vehicles at Puerto Barrios, Guatemala, 22 July 2014, in support of Southern Partnership Station.
    US Navy photo by MC3 Andrew Schneider.
    Robert Hurst
    Spearhead 152k USNS Spearhead (T-JHSV-1) under way while conducting small boat operations, 23 August 2014.
    Defense Imagry photo # VIRIN 140823-N-IQ177-001, a US Navy photo by LT. Jessica Crownover.
    Robert Hurst
    Spearhead 223k USNS Spearhead (T-JHSV-1) merchant and Navy crew offload gear and vehicles in Puerto Castilla, Honduras, 30 August 2014, in support of Southern Partnership Station (SPS) 2014. SPS is an annual deployment of U.S. ships to the U.S. Southern Command's area of responsibility in the Caribbean and Latin America. The exercise involves information sharing with navies, coast guards and civilian services throughout the region.
    Defense Imagry photo # VIRIN 140830-N-XQ474-026, a US Navy photo by MC3 Andrew Schneider.
    Robert Hurst
    Spearhead
    141228-N-XB010-012 VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (Dec. 28, 2014)
    268k USNS Spearhead (T-JHSV-1) departs Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story. Spearhead is deploying to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility to support maritime security efforts and to help build partnerships in the Gulf of Guinea and the coast of West Africa.
    US Navy photo # 141228-N-XB010-012 VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (Dec. 28, 2014) and 141228-N-XB010-016 VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (Dec. 28, 2014), by MC3 Desmond Parks.
    Lee Wahler
    Spearhead
    141228-N-XB010-016 VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (Dec. 28, 2014)
    200k
    Spearhead 35k USNS Spearhead (T-JHSV-1) arrives at Naval Station Rota, Spain for a scheduled port visit 6 January 2015. Spearhead is on a scheduled deployment to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations to support the international collaborative capacity-building program Africa Partnership Station.
    US Navy photo # 150106-N-BS486-031 ROTA, Spain (Jan. 6, 2015) by MC2 Grant Wamack.
    Lee Wahler
    Spearhead 215k USNS Spearhead (T-JHSV-1) moored at Naval Station, Rota Spain. Spearhead is on a scheduled deployment to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility to support the international collaborative capacity-building program Africa Partnership Station. Note the Spanish frigate Canaries (F86) moored across from Spearhead.
    US Navy photo # 150107-N-JP249-030 ROTA, Spain (Jan. 7, 2015) by MC2 Kenan O'Connor.
    Lee Wahler
    Spearhead 157k A Portuguese P-3 Orion aircraft conducts a fly-by over of USNS Spearhead (T-JHSV-1). Spearhead is on a scheduled deployment to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility to support the international collaborative capacity-building program Africa Partnership Station.
    US Navy photo # 150119-N-RB579-081 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Jan. 19, 2015)by MC2 Joshua Davies.
    Lee Wahler
    Spearhead 308k USNS Spearhead (T-JHSV-1) patrols the Atlantic Ocean as part of Africa Maritime Law Enforcement Partnership 2015. Spearhead is on a scheduled deployment to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility in support of the international collaborative capacity-building program Africa Partnership Station.
    US Navy photo # 150223-N-JP249-010 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Feb. 23, 2015) by MC2 Kenan O'Connor.
    Lee Wahler
    Spearhead 191k A Ghanaian military member stands by as USNS Spearhead (T-JHSV-1) moors at Sekondi Naval Base, Ghana, after completing operations during Africa Maritime Law Enforcement Partnership 2015. Spearhead is on a scheduled deployment to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility in support of the international collaborative capacity-building program Africa Partnership Station.
    US Navy photo # 150224-N-GY309-004 SEKONDI NAVAL BASE, Ghana (Feb. 24, 2015) by Lt. Adam Cole.
    Lee Wahler
    Spearhead 235k USNS Spearhead (T-JHSV-1) sits pierside in Tema, Ghana. Spearhead is on a deployment to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility in support of the international collaborative capacity-building program Africa Partnership Station.
    US Navy photo # 150325-N-EC444-067 TEMA, Ghana (March 25, 2015) by LT. Sonny Lorrius.
    Lee Wahler
    Fall River 228k USNS Fall River (T-JHSV-4), USNS Choctaw County (T-JHSV-2) and USNS Spearhead (T-JHSV-1) moored at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story.
    Photo US Navy photo # 150522-N-CX372-094 VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (May 22, 2015), by Brian Suriani.
    Lee Wahler
    Spearhead 5994k USNS Spearhead (T-JHSV-1) pulls away from a pier at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, 5 July 2015. Spearhead is deploying to support Southern Partnership Station 2015, a U.S. Navy deployment focused on subject matter expert exchanges with partner nation militaries and security forces.
    Defense Imagry photo # VIRIN 150705-N-BJ279-080, a US Navy photo by MC1 Kathleen A. Gorby.
    Robert Hurst
    Spearhead 208k USNS Spearhead (T-JHSV-1) departs Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story. Spearhead is deploying to support Southern Partnership Station 2015, a U.S. Navy deployment focused on subject matter expert exchanges with partner nation militaries and security forces.
    US Navy photo # 150705-N-BJ279-083 LITTLE CREEK, Va. (July 5, 2015) by MC1 Kathleen A. Gorby.
    Lee Wahler
    Spearhead 178k USNS Spearhead (T-JHSV-1) enters Naval Station Mayport basin for a refueling stop before continuing onto Southern Partnership Station 2015.
    US Navy photo # 150707-N-WA189-033 MAYPORT Fla., (July 7, 2015) by MC2 Adam Henderson.
    Lee Wahler
    Spearhead 238k This photograph, taken by the RQ20A Aqua Puma unmanned aircraft system, shows an aerial view of USNS Spearhead (T-JHSV-1) under way during Southern Partnership Station Joint High Speed Vessel 2015 (SPS-JHSV 15). SPS-JHSV 15 is a U.S. Navy deployment focused on subject-matter expert exchanges with partner nation militaries and security forces.
    US Navy photo # 150807-A-YZ667-002 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 7, 2015).
    Lee Wahler
    Spearhead 1769k USNS Spearhead (T-JHSV-1) enters port at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay for a refueling and maintenance stop before continuing to Southern Partnership Station 2015 (SPS-JHSV 15).
    US Navy photo # 150811-N-OX321-059 NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (Aug. 11, 2015) by MC2 Kegan E. Kay.
    Lee Wahler
    USNS Spearhead (T-EPF-1)
    Spearhead 1768k USNS Spearhead (T-EPF-1) retracts her ramp as she prepares to depart the pier at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story. Spearhead is scheduled to deploy to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations to support the international collaborative capacity-building program Africa Partnership Station and associated exercises.

    US Navy photo # 151230-N-BL607-045 VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (Dec. 30, 2015) by MC2 William Jenkins.
    Lee Wahler
    Spearhead 603k USNS Spearhead (T-EPF-1) departs Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story. Spearhead is scheduled to deploy to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations to support the international collaborative capacity-building program Africa Partnership Station and associated exercises.
    US Navy photo # 151230-N-GP524-109 VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (Dec. 30, 2015) by MC3 Bill Dodge.
    Lee Wahler
    Spearhead 1056k USNS Spearhead (T-EPF-1) arriving at Naval Station Rota, Spain. Spearhead, a Military Sealift Command Expeditionary Fast Transport vessel, is on a scheduled deployment to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations to support the international collaborative capacity-building program Africa Partnership Station.
    US Navy photo # 160108-N-MW990-003 ROTA, Spain (Jan. 8, 2016) by MC3 Michaela Garrison.
    Lee Wahler
    Spearhead
    US Navy photo # 160504-N-OH262-870 VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (May 4, 2016)
    197k U.S. Navy Sailors assigned to USNS Spearhead (T-EFP 1), man the rails at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story. Spearhead arrived at the joint base signifying the completion of a five month deployment in support of Africa Partnership Station 2016.
    US Navy photo # 160504-N-OH262-870 VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (May 4, 2016) and 160505-N-OH262-021 VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (May 5, 2016)by Bill Mesta.
    Lee Wahler
    Spearhead
    160505-N-OH262-021 VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (May 5, 2016)
    174k


    For more photos and information about USNS Spearhead see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
  • U.S. Navy Fact File - Joint High Speed Vessel - JHSV
  • US Navy Super Ferry - JHSV-1 Spearhead: What kind of ship is Spearhead? - video
  • Ship Characteristics
  • Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV) and Mobile Landing Platform (MLP) Program Overviews
  • Aerospace & Defense Intelligence Report - Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV)

  • Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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