U.S. Navy to Christen Military Vessel at Austal USA

press release
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV) Spearhead

U.S. Navy Christens New Military Vessel in Mobile, Alabama at Austal USA.


The Navy will christen the Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV) Spearhead Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011, during a 10 a.m. CDT ceremony in Mobile, Ala. Chief Warrant Officer 4 Kenneth Wahlman, U.S. Army (Ret.) will serve as ship’s sponsor. His daughter Catherine, a Staff Sgt. in the Army ROTC attending Virginia Tech University, will assist her father in the christening, Mr. Wahlman’s wife, Chief Warrant Officer Five, Linda Wahlman, will be supporting the proceedings from afar, while on deployment with the 645th Regional Support Group in Kandahar.


The 338 foot-long aluminum catamaran, Spearhead, is being constructed by Austal USA in Mobile, Ala. Spearhead and the nine other JHSVs under contract are ideal for fast, intra-theater transportation of troops, military vehicles, supplies and equipment. They are capable of transporting 600 short tons, 1,200 nautical miles at an average speed of 35 knots and can operate in shallow-draft ports and waterways, providing U.S. forces added mobility and flexibility. The JHSVs also have an aviation flight deck to support day and night air vehicle launch and recovery operations. JHSVs have berthing space for up to 146 personnel and airline-style seating for up to 312. Military commanders will have the flexibility to use the JHSV in a variety of roles to include supporting overseas contingency operations, conducting humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, supporting special operations forces and supporting emerging joint sea-basing concepts.


The Westpac Express, an Austal-built aluminum catamaran used as a prototype for the JHSV, has, over the past decade, served as a logistical transport for the Third Expeditionary Force (IIIMEF) of the U.S. Marine Corps based in Okinawa, Japan. The Westpac Express has paved the way for the JHSV, supporting disaster recovery operations after the Indian Ocean earthquake and Tsunami in 2004 and the Japanese earthquake and Tsunami in 2011.
Upon delivery to the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command (MSC), Spearhead will be designated as a United States Naval Ship (USNS), and will have a core crew of 21 civilian mariners who will operate and navigate the ships. The first four JHSVs – including Spearhead – will be crewed by federally employed civil service mariners, and the remaining six will be crewed by civilian contract mariners working for private shipping companies under contract to MSC. Military mission personnel will embark as required by the mission sponsors.
 

Construction of the JHSV began at Austal USA in July, 2010. As a world leader in the design and construction of customized aluminum and defense vessels, Austal USA is based in Mobile, AL, a city with a long history of shipbuilding. Austal USA employs more than 2,000 employees. “Our workforce is our foundation. We have the finest ship designers and builders in the country, and their dedication to this project and others is immeasurable,” said Joe Rella, Austal USA President and Chief Operating Officer. In fact, despite a lagging economy Austal USA has continued to grow, in vessel contracts and work force, making it Mobile, AL’s largest industrial employer with 2,000 shipbuilders. Spearhead was the first ship built from modules fabricated entirely in Austal’s state-of-the-art Module Manufacturing Facility. The company is in the midst of a $160 million facility expansion and plans to nearly double its workforce to complete an estimated $5.2 billion in contracts with the U.S. Navy.
 

Maritime Reporter August 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Technology

Newport International Boat Show Award Winners

Newport Exhibition Group, owners and producers of the Newport International Boat Show, announced today the results of this year’s Newport For New ProductsTM (NFNP) Awards.

SMM 2014 Witnesses Record Turnout

SMM was another full success. With more than 2,100 exhibitors from all around the world, including 150 first-timers, with 50,000 industry visitors and roughly 90,

Breakthrough for Very Large Ethane Carriers

Hartmann Schiffahrts Gmbh & Co. KG, Jaccar Holdings, HB Hunte Engineering and DNV GL, signed a letter of intent for the classification of five ECO STAR 85k very large ethane carriers.

Shipbuilding

Yang Ming Extends Charter Terms for Five 14,000-TEU Ships

Seaspan Corporation announced today that Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp., has confirmed the term of the fixed-rate time charters for the five 14000 TEU SAVER

ESAB Boasts Over a Century of Technological Innovation

September 2014 marks the 110th anniversary of ESAB Welding & Cutting Products. A world leader in welding and cutting technology, with the broadest, most complete

Breakthrough for Very Large Ethane Carriers

Hartmann Schiffahrts Gmbh & Co. KG, Jaccar Holdings, HB Hunte Engineering and DNV GL, signed a letter of intent for the classification of five ECO STAR 85k very large ethane carriers.

Maritime Security

USCG Respond to Grounded Vessel near Pleasant Harbor, Washington

The Coast Guard and Washington State Department of Ecology are responding to a report a of 65-foot pleasure craft aground near Pleasant Harbor in Brinnon, Washington, Sunday morning.

General Dynamics Wins U.S. Navy Nuclear-Submarine Contract

The U.S. Navy has awarded a $234 million contract to General Dynamics Electric Boat to provide planning yard work, engineering and technical support for nuclear submarines.

Centek Selects New UK Sales Rep

At the opening of the 2014 PSP Southampton Boat Show today, Centek Industries of the U.S.  announced the appointment of AJS Technical Services of Northants as the

Naval Architecture

MN 100: Robert Allan Ltd.

230-1639 West 2nd Avenue Vancouver, BC V6J 1H3, Canada Tel: (604) 736-9566    Email: info@ral.ca Website: www.ral.ca President: Ken Harford Executive Chairman of the Board: Robert G.

New SENER Asia & Pacific Directors Appointed

Alfonso Cebollero has been appointed as SENER's Regional Director for Asia and Pacific, while Guangwu Liu has become SENER's new Country Manager in China. Both

Vard Marine Obtains US Dual-Fuel Vessel Patent

Vard Marine says it has been awarded a US Patent for their design and engineering of a Dual Fuel Vessel. Later this year; the first of six 5100 dwt vessels to be built under this patent,

Maritime Safety

USCG Respond to Grounded Vessel near Pleasant Harbor, Washington

The Coast Guard and Washington State Department of Ecology are responding to a report a of 65-foot pleasure craft aground near Pleasant Harbor in Brinnon, Washington, Sunday morning.

General Dynamics Wins U.S. Navy Nuclear-Submarine Contract

The U.S. Navy has awarded a $234 million contract to General Dynamics Electric Boat to provide planning yard work, engineering and technical support for nuclear submarines.

Innovative KO-LINK Towing Ring from Lankhorst Ropes

The innovative KO-LINK towing ring, developed by international maritime service provider KOTUG International BV, is now available exclusively from leading maritime ropes supplier,

Eye on the Navy

General Dynamics Wins U.S. Navy Nuclear-Submarine Contract

The U.S. Navy has awarded a $234 million contract to General Dynamics Electric Boat to provide planning yard work, engineering and technical support for nuclear submarines.

Two US Navy Jets Crash into The Pacific

The pilot of one of two F/A-18 Hornets that crashed Sept. 12 while operating from USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) is in fair condition and receiving medical treatment aboard the ship.

Naval Ships at Baltimore U.S. National Anthem Bi-Centenary

The U.S. Navy's second joint high-speed vessel, USNS Choctaw County has arrived in Baltimore's Inner Harbor with SECNAV Ray Mabus to join  with other Navy ships

Vessels

Newport International Boat Show Award Winners

Newport Exhibition Group, owners and producers of the Newport International Boat Show, announced today the results of this year’s Newport For New ProductsTM (NFNP) Awards.

Yang Ming Extends Charter Terms for Five 14,000-TEU Ships

Seaspan Corporation announced today that Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp., has confirmed the term of the fixed-rate time charters for the five 14000 TEU SAVER

SMM 2014 Witnesses Record Turnout

SMM was another full success. With more than 2,100 exhibitors from all around the world, including 150 first-timers, with 50,000 industry visitors and roughly 90,

 
 
Maritime Contracts Maritime Standards Naval Architecture Pipelines Pod Propulsion Ship Electronics Ship Simulators Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Sonar Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1402 sec (7 req/sec)