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USNS Choctaw County (T-EPF-2)
USNS Choctaw County (T-JHSV-2) (2011 - 2015)

EPF-1 Class Expeditionary Fast Transport:
  • Laid down, 8 November 2011, by Austal USA in Mobile, AL.
  • Christened, 15 September 2012
  • Delivered at Mobile, AL, and placed in service by the Military Sealift Command as USNS Choctaw County (JHSV-2) 6 June 2013
    Displacement 1,670 t.(lt)
    Length 337' 11"
    Beam 93' 6"
    Draft 12' 7"
    Speed 43 kts
    Complement 22 Civilian Mariners, capable of 42
    Troop Capacity
    104 embarked force berths
    312 embarked seating capacity
    Cargo Capacity 600 short tons in 20,000 sq. ft.
    Aircraft Capacity two helicopters (one medium folded in helo parking area and one on deck)
    four MTU 20V8000 M71L Diesel engines
    four ZF 60000NR2H reduction gears
    four Wartsila WLD 1400 SR waterjets

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    USNS Choctaw County (JHSV-2)
    Choctaw County 38k Choctaw County (JHSV-2) Keel laying ceremony, 8 November 2011. CAPT Henry W. Stevens, and welder Brandon Mims authenticators. Photo courtesy Austal USA Mobile
    Choctaw County 153k Theresa Gilliam Pitts, one of 29 sponsors of MSC joint high-speed vessel Choctaw County (JHSV-2), christens the ship with a ceremonial bottle of champagne, 15 September 2012, in Mobile, AL. Photo courtesy Austal USA Mobile
    Choctaw County 547k USNS Choctaw County (T-JHSV-2) moored at the Austal USA shipyard, 4 June 2013. The JHSVs are adapted from a commercial ferry design, with a flight deck for helicopters above the vehicle deck. Photo courtesy Austal USA. Lee Wahler
    Choctaw County 230k USNS Choctaw County (T-JHSV-2) departs Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, VA., 10 September 2014, sailing for Baltimore to participate in the Star-Spangled Spectacular. Lee Wahler
    Choctaw County 342k A Zodiac boat is towed aboard USNS Choctaw County (T-JHSV-2) during Bold Alligator 2014. Bold Alligator is intended to improve Navy and Marine Corps amphibious core competencies. The exercise takes place 29 October to 10 November 2014, afloat and ashore along the Eastern Seaboard.
    US Navy Photo # 141104-N-DY265-103 MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. (Nov. 4, 2014) by MC1 Mike Lenart.
    Lee Wahler
    Choctaw County 160k USNS Choctaw County (T-JHSV-2) transits the Intercoastal Waterway en route to conduct training exercises off the coast of North Carolina during Bold Alligator 2014.
    US Navy Photo # 141105-N-DY265-08 (7 Nov. 2014) by MC1 Mike Lenart.
    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
    Choctaw County 234k USNS Choctaw County (T-EPF-2) arrives in Souda Bay for a scheduled port visit, 30 December 2015.
    US Navy Photo # 151230-N-IL474-052 SOUDA BAY, Greece (Dec. 30, 2015) by Heather Judkins
    Lee Wahler
    Choctaw County 190k Sailors assigned to Coastal Riverine Squadron 10 enforce a security zone around USNS Choctaw County (T-EPF-2) in the Gulf of Tadjoura, Djibouti.
    US Navy Photo # 160210-N-AQ705-001 DJIBOUTI (Feb. 5, 2016) by MA2 Perry Lafoe.
    Lee Wahler

    USNS Choctaw County (T-JHSV-2 / T-EPF-2)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    U. S. Navy Fact File - Expeditionary Fast Transport
    Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV) and Mobile Landing Platform (MLP) Program Overviews
    Aerospace & Defense Intelligence Report - Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV)
    WikiVisualy-Spearhead-Class Expeditionary Fast Transport
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