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USNS Spearhead (JHSV-1)


JHSV-1 Class High-speed Catamaran:
  • 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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    Spearhead 324k USNS Spearhead (JHSV-1) float off at Austal USA Mobile facility Robert Hurst
    Spearhead 5056k USNS 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 USNS Spearhead (JHSV-1) at the Austal Shipyard in Mobile, AL., 6 October 2011. Photo by Lee Wahler
    Spearhead 232k USNS 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 1137k USNS Spearhead (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 (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
    145k USNS Spearhead (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-TC587-039 MAYPORT, Fla. (Feb. 14, 2013) and 130214-N-TC587-039 MAYPORT, Fla. (Feb. 14, 2013) by MC3 Damian Berg.
    Lee Wahler and Robert Hurst
    Spearhead
    130214-N-TC587-039
    780k
    Spearhead 253k USNS Spearhead (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 (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 (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
    243k USNS Spearhead (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
    243k
    Spearhead 233k USNS Spearhead (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 (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 (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 (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 (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 (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 297k USNS Spearhead (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

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

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    U.S. Navy Fact File - Joint High Speed Vessel - JHSV
    Ship Characteristics

    Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV) and Mobile Landing Platform (MLP) Program Overviews

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