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Austal USA Launches Sixth Joint High Speed Vessel

JHSV Brunswick launches from Austal USA's Mobile yard. Austal USA Photo

JHSV Brunswick launches from Austal USA’s Mobile yard. Austal USA Photo

The sixth Joint High Speed Vessel launched on Tuesday from Austal USA’s yard in Mobile, Ala., Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) announced in a statement.

The aluminum catamaran Brunswick (JHSV-6) will now undergo final outfitting before the ship delivers to U.S. Military Sealift Command (MSC) later this year.

“Launch marks a major milestone for this ship as this is the first time it’s entered the water, signifying its readiness to prepare for tests and trials and eventual delivery,” said Capt. Henry Stevens, Strategic and Theater Sealift Program Manager, Program Executive Office, Ships. “This is a very busy time for the Navy and the shipbuilder as we continue to mark the major milestones that bring each ship closer to delivery and eventual in-service operations.”
The ship was christened earlier this month and the fifth JHSV, Trenton, completed acceptance trials in March.

Trenton (JHSV-5) will host the first at-sea test of the Navy’s electromagnetic railgun next year.

JHSV began as a joint Army and Navy Program until the Army left the ten-ship $2.5 billion program.
The 1,515 ton ship can carry up to 600 tons of troops and gear. The ships displace 1,515-tons, can cruise at 35 knots at a range of 1,200 nautical miles.

  • Curtis Conway

    I think they are awesome ships, they are just ‘made out of aluminium’. it’s replacement in the future should be made out of steel, making it have a larger displacement (foot print) so the horsepower to push it through the water will have to be greater.

    Hopefully, combat system upgrades in the future will be Mk 25 launchers with ESSM on opposing corners with Mk 15 CIWS on the other two corners. A non-rotating 3D radar is needed for detection, tracking, and control of the ESSMs and passing designations to Mk 15 CIWS. Don’t need Land Attack on this one, but self defense is a must, and .50 M2 is more than risky on TBMs, and supersonic ASCMs, but perfect for small boats.

    • USNVO

      Look in the mirror, repeat after me… “I am the problem….” It’s a logistics ship, it carries 500LT or so. You just tripled the cost and killed any ability to actually perform the role for which it is intended.