The US Navy’s newest joint high speed vessel (JHSV 6), the future USNS Brunswick, was launched from the Austal USA Shipyard May 19.
With the 338-foot Joint High Speed Vessel entering the water for the first time, the ship will undergo final outfitting and testing before sea trials and delivery to the Navy later this year. USNS Brunswick is the sixth JHSV Austal has launched as part of a $1.6 billion 10-ship block buy contract.
JHSV-6 is designed for the fast intra-theater transportation of troops, military vehicles and equipment. Capable of transporting 600 short tons 1,200 nautical miles at an average speed of 35 knots, the ship will provide U.S. forces with added mobility and flexibility. The JHSV design includes a flight deck for helicopter operations and an off-load ramp that allows for quick vehicular access to and from the ship as well as access to austere piers and quay walls.
Since the start of 2015, the Navy has marked major milestones for both USNS Trenton (JHSV 5) and Brunswick. Trenton was christened in January and delivered to the Navy in April. Brunswick had her keel authenticated less than six months ago, was christened less than a week ago and is preparing for delivery before the end of the calendar year.
Three JHSVs and seven Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) are currently under construction in Austal’s Mobile, Ala. shipyard.