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USNS Millinocket (JHSV-3)
Career (US)
Name: USNS Millinocket
Operator: Military Sealift Command
Awarded: 29 October 2010
Builder: Austal

MOBILE, Ala. (NNS) -- USNS Millinocket (JHSV 3) successfully launched, June 5, from the Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, Ala.

The third joint high speed vessel is a versatile, non-combatant, transport ship that will be used for fast intra-theater transportation of troops, military vehicles and equipment.
Status: Millinocket will now prepare for a series of trials conducted by the shipbuilder, testing overall system performance underway prior to demonstration to the Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey later this year.
General characteristics
Class & type: Spearhead-class Joint High Speed Vessel
Length: 103.0 m (337 ft 11 in)
Beam: 28.5 m (93 ft 6 in)
Draft: 3.83 m (12 ft 7 in)
Propulsion: 4 × MTU 20V8000 M71L diesel engines
4 × ZF 60000NR2H reduction gears
Speed: 43 knots (80 km/h; 49 mph)
Troops: 312
Crew: 41
Aircraft carried: Medium helicopter

USNS Millinocket (ex-Fortitude) (JHSV-3) is the planned fourth Spearhead-class Joint High Speed Vessel, intended to be part of the United States Military Sealift Command and to be built in Mobile, Alabama.[1][2]

On May 30, 2012, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced in Fall River, Massachusetts that the third Joint High Speed Vessel, previously having been named Fortitude by the United States Army before the transfer of the JHSV program to the Navy, would be named USNS Millinocket. Since the ship will be operated by the Military Sealift Command and not the United States Navy itself, it will carry the USNS designation and not USS.[3] The ship would become the second U.S. Navy vessel to be named Millinocket, the first being a freighter sunk by a U-boat in 1942.[4]

Capabilities[edit | edit source]

The JHSV will be able to transport US Army and US Marine Corps company-sized units with their vehicles, or reconfigure to become a troop transport for an infantry battalion.[1]

It will have a flight deck for helicopter operations and a loading ramp that will allow vehicles to quickly drive on and off the ship. The ramp will be suitable for the types of austere piers and quay walls common in developing countries. JHSV will have a shallow draft (under 15 feet (4.6 m)).[1]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV), USN. Retrieved 12 March 2010.
  2. Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV), globalsecurity.org. Retrieved 12 March 2010.
  3. "Secretary of the Navy Names Joint High Speed Vessel USNS Millinocket". U.S. Department of Defense. Washington, DC. http://www.defense.gov/releases/release.aspx?releaseid=15324. Retrieved 2013-03-11. 
  4. Sambides, Nick Jr. (May 30, 2012). "Navy names ship after 2 Katahdin region towns". Bangor Daily News. Bangor, ME. http://bangordailynews.com/2012/05/30/news/penobscot/navy-names-ship-after-2-katahdin-region-towns/. Retrieved 2013-03-11. 

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