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US Navy christens future USNS Trenton (JHSV 5)

12th January 2015 - 16:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team in US

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On 10 January, the US Navy christened the future USNS Trenton (JHSV 5) in Mobile, Alabama. The 338ft aluminium catamaran is under construction at the Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, Alabama.

Upon delivery to the navy’s Military Sealift Command (MSC), Trenton will be designated as a United States Naval Ship (USNS), and will have a core crew of 22 civilian mariners with military mission personnel embarking as necessary.

JHSVs are ideal for fast, intra-theatre transportation of troops, military vehicles, supplies and equipment. These ships are capable of transporting 600 short tons 1,200 nautical miles at an average speed of 35 knots with berthing space for up to 104 personnel and airline-style seating for up to 312.

JHSVs have a 20,000 square foot open mission deck and a flight deck to support day and night launch and recovery operations. They can operate 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.

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