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Second JHSV Delivers, Third Launches

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Third Joint High Speed Vessel Millinocket launches from Austal USA's mobile shipyard on Wednesday. Austal USA Photo

Third Joint High Speed Vessel Millinocket launches from Austal USA’s mobile shipyard on Wednesday. Austal USA Photo

Austal USA delivered its second Joint High Speed Vessel on Thursday — USNS Choctaw County (JHSV-2) — to Military Sealift Command and has launched the third JHSV from its Mobile, Ala. shipyard.

Choctaw County follows closely behind the lead ship, USNS Spearhead (JHSV-1), which delivered in December.

“This ship is delivering just six months after the first ship in the class, USNS Spearhead (JHSV-1), delivered, a commendable accomplishment for this dedicated Navy-shipbuilding team,” said JHSV program manager Capt. Henry Stevens in a Thursday statement.

The third JHSV — Millinocket — launched from shore to Mobile Bay on Wednesday and will continue to be outfitted before sea trials later in the year.

Ten JHSVs are planned for MSC as part of a $2.5 billion program.
The ships have a range of 1,200 nautical miles, can transport up to 600 tons of troops and material and can cruise at 35 kts. A crew of 22 MSC civilians operates the ship