USNS Spearhead (JHSV 1), operated by the Military Sealift Command (MSC), completed Fleet Experimentation (FLEX) period two from July 15 – 22.
Southern Partnership Station-Joint High Speed Vessel 2015 FLEX phase 2 explored JHSV’s ability to support broader maritime C2 capabilities, by supporting the organic deployment of two un-manned aerial systems (UAS), Scan Eagle and RQ-20A (Puma).
The UAS operations were enhanced by embarkation of a Littoral Surveillance System (LSS) which provided an air and surface search capability by way of a telescopic mast mounted radar. In addition to the maritime C2 enhancements, JHSV also embarked a small vessel operations pier that consisted of eight floating dock sections which could be rapidly deployed to provide an additional small boat berthing capability, from which stores, personnel and fuel transfers could occur simultaneously.
SPS-JHSV 15 is a U.S. Navy deployment focused on subject-matter expert changes with partner nation militaries and security forces.
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