USNS Spearhead Pays Maiden Visit to Port of St. Petersburg

first_img View post tag: USNS Training & Education Share this article View post tag: port View post tag: Navy View post tag: St. View post tag: Maiden View post tag: Pays View post tag: Naval View post tag: News by topic View post tag: “Spearhead” Back to overview,Home naval-today USNS Spearhead Pays Maiden Visit to Port of St. Petersburg USNS Spearhead Pays Maiden Visit to Port of St. Petersburg View post tag: Visit View post tag: Petersburg February 11, 2013 Military Sealift Command’s (MSC) first joint high-speed vessel, USNS Spearhead (JHSV 1), made its first port visit to the Port of St. Petersburg Feb. 10.U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young, Mayor Bill Foster and other distinguished visitors from St. Petersburg joined Navy Chief of Information Rear Adm. John Kirby, Capt. Sam Norton, commander, MSC Atlantic, and Capt. Doug Casavant, the ship’s civil service master, during an arrival ceremony in honor of the ship, its crew and the Navy.The three-day port call is primarily a working visit and an opportunity for senior officials and military personnel from U.S. Central Command and U.S. Special Operations Command to visit the ship and receive briefings on Spearhead’s capabilities.Spearhead is designed for rapid, intra-theater transport of troops and military equipment. The ship is a 338-foot-long aluminum catamaran designed for speed, flexibility and maneuverability. The reconfigurable 20,000-square-foot mission bay area can be quickly adapted to support a number of different missions – anything from carrying containerized portable hospitals to support disaster relief to transporting tanks and troops. Spearhead’s crew of 22 civil service mariners works for MSC which operates, navigates and maintains the ship. “St. Petersburg is Spearhead’s first official port visit and it’s an honor to be here as the master of this great ship. We have a highly trained, experienced and capable crew to operate and navigate her, and we’re excited to be part of MSC and the Navy’s future,” said Casavant.Following its brief stop in St. Petersburg, Spearhead will transit to Mayport, Fla. for a port visit there before arriving at its final layberth, Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek, Va., in mid-February.JHSVs are capable of transporting approximately 600 tons of military troops, vehicles, supplies and equipment 1,200 nautical miles at an average speed of 35 knots, and are designed to operate in austere ports and waterways, providing added flexibility to U.S. warfighters worldwide. MSC owns and operates Spearhead, along with the nine other JHSVs that are currently under contract.MSC operates approximately 110 noncombatant, U.S. merchant mariner-crewed ships that replenish U.S. Navy ships, conduct specialized missions, strategically preposition combat cargo at sea around the world, and move military cargo and supplies used by deployed U.S. forces and coalition partners.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, February 11, 2013last_img

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