Austal Lays Keel for Future USNS Carson City

The keel of the future USNS Carson City (JHSV 7) was authenticated during a ceremony at the Austal USA shipyard on Friday, July 31.

The keel was authenticated by the Mayor of Carson City, the Honorable Robert Crowell. By etching his initials into the keel plate, Crowell confirmed that the “keel” of the ship had been “truly and fairly laid.” The ceremony served to recognize the joining together of a ship’s components, representing a major milestone in the ship’s construction.

JHSVs support a variety of missions including the overseas contingency operations, conducting humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, supporting special operations forces, and supporting emerging joint seabasing concepts.

Image: Austal photo/Toni Riales

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