Navy to Christen Fifth Joint High Speed Vessel
Navy to Christen Fifth Joint
High Speed Vessel
From Department of Defense News
Washington D.C. – (NNS) – January 13, 2015 –
The Navy will christen the future USNS Trenton (JHSV 5) Jan. 10 during a 10 a.m.
CDT ceremony in Mobile, Alabama.
USNS Trenton (JHSV 5) rolls out in
preparation for launch at Austal USA shipyard
Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus will deliver the ceremony's
principal address. Virginia Kamsky, chair and chief executive of Kamsky
Associates, Inc., will serve as the ship's sponsor.
"This ship represents the hard-working men and women of New
Jersey and the importance of the American cities along the Delaware River. It
represents American shipyard, factory, and assembly line workers who have been
the backbone of the Arsenal of Democracy since President Franklin Roosevelt
coined the phrase more than seven decades ago. It represents the American spirit
of hard work, patriotism and perseverance," said Mabus. "The USNS Trenton will
carry these values and this spirit around the world. It is tailor-made for our
21st century operations and maritime security missions, from the wide expanses
of the Pacific to the littorals of Africa."
JHSV 5 will be the fourth naval vessel to bear the name
Trenton. The first ship was built following the Civil War and was named to honor
George Washington's Revolutionary War victory on the banks of the Delaware
River. Since then, a ship bearing the name Trenton has served during every vital
Navy mission until 2007 when the last ship was decommissioned.
The 338 foot-long aluminum catamaran is under construction at
the Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, Alabama. JHSVs are ideal for fast,
intra-theater transportation of troops, military vehicles, supplies and
equipment. These ships are capable of transporting 600 short tons 1,200 nautical
miles at an average speed of 35 knots with berthing space for up to 104
personnel and airline-style seating for up to 312.
JHSVs have a 20,000 square foot open mission deck and a
flight deck to support day and night launch and recovery operations, providing
U.S. forces added mobility and flexibility. They can operate in a variety of
roles to include supporting overseas contingency operations, conducting
humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, supporting special operations
forces and supporting emerging joint sea-basing concepts.
Upon delivery to the U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command,
Trenton will be designated as a United States Naval ship, and will have a core
crew of 22 civilian mariners with military mission personnel embarking as
Interested media may contact the Navy
Office of Information at 703-697-5342. Information on JHSV is available online
at: http://www.navy.mil/navydata/fact_display.asp?cid=4200&tid=1400&ct=4 [