The joint high-speed vessel USNS Trenton (JHSV-5) completed acceptance trials at the Austal USA shipyard March 13, the U.S. Navy announced March 24. The week-long trials were held in the Gulf of Mexico and overseen by the Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV). INSURV worked alongside the shipyard to demonstrate the ship’s equipment and system operation to ensure it is ready for delivery and fulfills all contractual requirements.
«USNS Trenton performed very well during these trials», said Strategic and Theater Sealift Program Manager Capt. Henry Stevens. «The rigorous testing each ship undergoes ensures the U.S. Navy receives the most capable and mission ready asset at delivery».
JHSVs are versatile, non-combatant ships capable of transporting 600 short tons 1,200 nautical miles/2,222 km at an average speed of 35 knots/40 mph/65 km/h. They are equipped with airline style seating for 312 embarked forces, and fixed berthing for 104. USNS Trenton will be used for the fast intra-theater transportation of troops, military vehicles and equipment. The ship’s 15-foot/4.6 m shallow draft, ability to interface with roll-on/roll-off discharge facilities, and ease of access to austere and deteriorated piers will facilitate littoral operations and port access.
Having completed acceptance trials, USNS Trenton (JHSV-5) will now prepare for delivery to the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command (MSC) later this year. The ship will be capable of supporting a wide range of operations including non-combatant evacuation operations, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.
The first four ships of the Spearhead-class have delivered to the fleet. The first two ships of the class, USNS Spearhead (JHSV-1) and USNS Choctaw County (JHSV-2) have completed overseas deployments to Europe, West Africa and the Caribbean.
As one of the Defense Department’s largest acquisition organizations, Program Executive Offices (PEO) Ships is responsible for executing the development and procurement of all destroyers, amphibious ships, special mission and support ships and special warfare craft. Delivering high-quality war fighting assets – while balancing affordability and capability – is key to supporting the U.S. Navy’s Maritime Strategy.
Material: Hull and superstructure – aluminium alloy
Length overall: 103 m/337.9 feet
Beam overall: 28.5 m/93.5 feet
Hull draft (maximum): 3.83 m/12.57 feet
Area (with tie-downs): 1,863 m2/20,053 feet2
Clear Height: 4.75 m/15.6 feet
Turning diameter: 26.2 m/86.0 feet
ISO TEU Stations: 6 Interface Panels
Single SR: 2
Double SR: 6
Quad SR: 7
Troop Seats: 312
Galley and Messing: 48
Main Engines: 4 × MTU 20V8000 M71L Diesel Engines 4 × 9.1 MW
Gear boxes: 4 × ZF 60000NR2H Reduction Gears
Waterjets: 4 × Wartsila WLD 1400 SR
Average: 35 knots/40 mph/65 km/h @ 90% MCR with 635 mt (700 st) payload
Maximum: 43 knots/50 mph/80 km/h without payload
Maximum Transit: 1,200 NM/2,222 km
Self-Deployment: 5,600 NM/10,371 km
Survival Through: SS-7
NAVAIR Level 1 Class 2 Certified Flight Deck for one helicopter
Centreline parking area for one helicopter
NAVAIR Level 1 class 4 Type 2 Certified VERTREP
Helicopter Control Station
Active Ride Control
Foils: 3.24 m2/34.9 feet2 each, forward on inboard sides of demi-hulls
Articulated Slewing Stern Ramp
Straight aft to 45 Starboard
Telescoping Boom Crane
12.3 mt @ 15 m, 18.2 mt @ 10 m/13.6 Lt @ 49.2 feet, 20.1 Lt @ 32.8 feet