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

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Charlie - Hotel - Charlie
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 (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 (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 211k USNS Choctaw County (JHSV-2) arrives in Baltimore Inner Harbor, 10 September 2014, as part of Baltimore's Star-Spangled Spectacular.
    US Navy Photo # 140910-N-FK247-013 BALTIMORE MD (Sept. 10, 2014) by MCC Jerry Foltz.
    Robert Hurst
    Choctaw County 185k Master-at-Arms 3rd Class Jesse Zalewski provides security pierside for USNS Choctaw County (JHSV-2) in the Inner Harbor at Baltimore, MD., 9 September 2014, during Baltimore's Star-Spangled Spectacular, which runs 10-16 September 2014. This event celebrates the bicentennial of the Battle of Baltimore which provided the backdrop for Francis Scott Key's famous poem, "Defence of Fort McHenry," which later became America's national anthem. Along with more than 30 ships from the U.S. and foreign nations, the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels aircraft will be on display and open to the public.
    US Navy Photo # 140911-N-KP312-003 BALTIMORE MD (Sept. 11, 2014) by MC1 David P. Coleman.
    Robert Hurst
    Choctaw County 204k USNS Choctaw County (JHSV-2) moored pierside at Baltimore, MD., 11 September 2014.
    Photo taken by Concord (real name unknown).
    Robert Hurst
    Choctaw County 342k A Zodiac boat is towed aboard USNS Choctaw County (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 (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
    226k USNS Spearhead (JHSV-1), USNS Choctaw County (JHSV-2) and USNS Fall River (JHSV-4) moored at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story.
    097710155 - US Navy photo # 150522-N-CX372-063 VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (May 22, 2015)
    097710403 - US Navy photo # 150522-N-CX372-094 VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (May 22, 2015)
    097710412 - US Navy photo # 150522-N-CX372-??? VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (May 22, 2015)
    Robert Hurst and Lee Wahler
    Fall River
    Fall River
    USNS Choctaw County (T-EPF-2)
    Choctaw County 99k USNS Choctaw County (T-EPF-2) moored at Naval Station Rota, Spain, 18 October 2015. Choctaw County is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interest in Europe.
    US Navy Photo # 151018-N-EC444-107 NAVAL STATION ROTA, SPAIN (Oct. 18, 2015) by LT. Sonny Lorrius.
    Robert Hurst
    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 252k Sailors and civilian personnel with Commander, Task Force 52 Mine Hunting Unit unload an Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV), loaded with an AQS-24A sonar, from USNS Choctaw County (T-EPF-2) before demonstrating a remote sonar deployment in support of the International Mine Countermeasures Exercise (IMCMEX), Kuwait, 17 April 2016. IMCMEX is focused on maritime security from the port of origin to the port of arrival and includes scenarios that range from mine countermeasures, infrastructure protection and maritime security operations in support of civilian shipping. IMCMEX demonstrates new technologies, such as USV and the sealift capability of Choctaw County, to protect freedom of navigation and the free flow of commerce.
    US Navy photo # 160417-N-QG671-004 KUWAIT (April 17 2019) by Ken Rose
    Robert Hurst
    Choctaw County 990k USNS Choctaw County (T-EPF-2) and the Cyclone class coastal patrol ship USS Firebolt (PC-10) moored aft of the Arleigh Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham (DDG-109) in the port of Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates, 13 November 2018. Sailors heave lines and shift colors aboard Jason Dunham as the ship departs Jebel Ali following a scheduled port visit. Jason Dunham is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean and the Pacific through the western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points.
    US Navy Photo # 181113-N-UX013-1009 JEBEL ALI, United Arab Emirates (Nov. 13, 2018) by MC3 Jonathan Clay.
    Lee Wahler

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

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    Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV) and Mobile Landing Platform (MLP) Program Overviews
    Aerospace & Defense Intelligence Report - Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV)
    Spearhead-Class Expeditionary Fast Transport
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