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USNS Millinocket (T-EPF-3)
USNS Millinocket (JHSV-3) underway in May 2015.
Millinocket underway in 2015.
Career (United States)
Name: USNS Millinocket
Operator: Military Sealift Command
Awarded: 29 October 2010
Builder: Austal
Launched: 5 June 2013[1]
In service: 21 March 2014
Status: in active service, as of 2020
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)
  • 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 (JHSV-3) (ex-Fortitude) is the third Spearhead-class Joint High Speed Vessel, which is part of the United States Military Sealift Command and was built in Mobile, Alabama.[2][3]

On 30 May 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.[4] The ship is the second U.S. Navy vessel to be named Millinocket, the first being a freighter sunk by a U-boat in 1942.[5][6]

Capabilities[edit | edit source]

The JHSV can transport US Army and US Marine Corps company-sized units with their vehicles, or reconfigure to become a troop transport for an infantry battalion.[2]

It has a flight deck for helicopter operations and a loading ramp that allows vehicles to quickly drive on and off the ship. The ramp is suitable for the types of austere piers and quay walls common in developing countries. JHSV has a shallow draft (under 15 feet (4.6 m)).[2]

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