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USNS Guam (T-HST-1)

HST-1 Class High-speed Catamaran:
  • An aluminum-hulled catamaran with drive-on / drive-off vehicle capability, built by Austal USA, Mobile AL. as the Hawaii Superferry Alakai
  • Placed in service between Honolulu and Maui in December 2007, suspended in March 2009
  • Acquired by the Maritime Administration in 2010
  • Transferred to the US Navy Military Sealift Command in May 2012, designated (HST-1)
  • Christened and placed in service as USNS Guam (T-HST-1), 27 April 2019, in Okinawa, Japan
    Displacement 1,646 t.
    Length 373'
    Beam 78'
    Draft 12'
    Speed 35kts
    Complement 13 to 18 contract mariners
    Propulsion MTU Friedrichshafen engines using waterjet propulsion

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    Merchant Service
    Guam 329k
    Alakai Wilderness Preserve, popularly known as Alakai Swamp, is a montane wet forest on the Hawaiian island of Kauai. Although the preserve is home to alpine bogs, it is not a true swamp. It is located on a plateau near Mount Wai?ale?ale, one of the wettest spots on Earth.
    Tommy Trampp
    Guam 264k Aerial view of the Hawaii Superferry Alakai underway during sea trials in 2007. photo courtesy Austal USA. Robert Hurst
    Guam 23k Hawaii Superferry Alakai docking at Honolulu, 30 June 2007. Wikipedia
    Guam 443k Aerial view of the Hawaii Superferry Alakai during its Open House on Kauai, 19 August 2007 Wikipedia
    88k Aerial view of the Hawaii Superferry Alakai underway off Kanaha Beach, Maui, 15 May 2008.
    Photo by Forest & Kim Starr. Courtesy of Starrenvironmental.
    Robert Hurst
    140k Bay Ferries "The Cat" ferry Alakai leaving Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, 31 July 2016.
    Photo taken by Regan Murphy.
    Robert Hurst
    USNS Guam (T-HST-1)
    Guam 3k
    Territory of Guam is an unincorporated and organized territory of the United States in Micronesia in the western Pacific Ocean. It is the westernmost point and territory of the United States, along with the Northern Mariana Islands. The capital city of Guam is Hagåtña and the most populous city is Dededo. The inhabitants of Guam are called Guamanians, and they are American citizens by birth. Indigenous Guamanians are the Chamorros, who are related to other Austronesian natives of Eastern Indonesia, the Philippines, and Taiwan. Guam has been a member of the Pacific Community since 1983.
    Tommy Trampp
    Guam 33k USNS Guam (T-HST-1) and Puerto Rico (T-HST-2) (not visible) moored pierside, date and location unknown Lee Wahler
    Guam 33k
    Guam 191k USNS Guam (T-HST-1) moored pierside at Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, in August 2015 Ron Reeves
    Guam 219k
    Guam 274k USNS Guam (T-HST-1) departing Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, 5 October 2017, to conduct testing and evaluation.
    US Navy Photo # 171005-N-OH262-753 VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (Oct. 5, 2017) by Bill Mesta
    Lee Wahler
    Guam 210k U.S. Marines with 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, disembark the high-speed transport USNS Guam (T-HST-1) after arriving at the harbor at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Iwakuni, Japan, 7 December 2017. The Headquarters Squadron and Echo Company Marines stopped at MCAS Iwakuni while in transit to participate in exercise Forest Light. MCAS Iwakuni is the only Marine Corps installation that offers airport and seaport capabilities.
    US Marine Corps Photo # 171207-M-LP762-0005 YAMAGUCHI, Japan (Dec. 7, 2017) by Lance Cpl. Lauren Brune
    Lee Wahler
    Guam 90k USNS Guam (T-HST-1) christened, 27 April 2019, at a ceremony aboard Naha Military Port in Okinawa Japan
    US Navy photo
    Lee Wahler
    144k USNS Guam (T-HST-1) moored in the Port of Yokohama, Japan, 26 July 2019.
    Photos taken by Hunini
    Robert Hurst
    Guam 88k USNS Guam (T-HST-1) underway date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Lee Wahler
    102k USNS Guam (T-HST-1) underway in Tokyo bay, Japan, 12 January 2020.
    Photo by Ka23 13 (name unknown)
    Robert Hurst
    88k USNS Guam (T-HST-1) transported the US Army's 1-1 ADA (Air Defense Artillery)'s Bravo Battery from Naha Port Okinawa to Amami Island in June 2021. Guam moved US Army artillery assets to Japan's southwest island chains - where they will train with the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force’s 8th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Group for Exercise Orient Shield 21-1
    US Forces Japan photo
    Lee Wahler
    116k USNS Guam (T-HST-1) moored during exercise Active Shield at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan in late October. During the exercise, USNS Guam was loaded with various military vehicles to support multiple scenarios designed to hone U.S.-Japanese interoperability for the protection and defense of MCAS Iwakuni and other assets in the region in order to sustain military operations. Active Shield is an annual bilateral exercise partnering U.S. and Japanese forces, which exercises various elements of the air station's base defense plan to ensure the station remains able to support the Naval Expeditionary Force-In Readiness and regional commitments to the U.S.-Japan Alliance.
    US Marine Corps photo
    Lee Wahler

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