The future USNS Millinocket (JHSV 3), completed builder’s sea trials at the Austal USA shipyard on Dec. 13, in Mobile, Ala.
Successful completion of builder’s trials marks the end of the first phase of a set of rigorous trials during which all of the ship’s systems and capabilities are evaluated to ensure they are in accordance with its plans and specifications. During this phase of trials, Austal conducted comprehensive tests to the ship’s major systems including the combat, propulsion, ballasting, communications, navigations and mission systems.
“Millinocket performed well,” said Strategic and Theater Sealift Program Manager Capt. Henry Stevens. “Over the last few days, we conducted hundreds of tests to evaluate the ship’s systems, handling and capabilities all of which bring us one step closer to acceptance trials and delivery.”
Millinocket is the third ship of the JHSV class. This versatile, non-combatant, transport ship will be used for the fast intra-theater transportation of troops, military vehicles and equipment.
JHSV is designed to commercial standards, with limited modifications for military use. The vessel is 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, interfacing with roll-on/roll-off discharge facilities, and on/off-loading a combat-loaded Abrams Main Battle Tank (M1A2). Other joint requirements include an aviation flight deck to support day and night aircraft launch and recovery operations. The JHSV class will have airline style seating for 312 embarked forces, with fixed berthing for 104.
Press Release, December 20, 2013; Image: Austal