The Navy christened the future joint high-speed vessel USNS Brunswick (JHSV-6) on May 9, 2015, during a 10 a.m. CDT ceremony in Mobile, Alabama. Secretary of the U.S. Navy Ray Mabus delivered the ceremony’s principal address. Alma B. «Lee» Booterbaugh served as the ship’s sponsor.
«We are celebrating the christening of the future USNS Brunswick – a modern marvel – just like the incredible shipyard that built it», said Mabus. «More than 4,000 American craftsmen have made this ship possible and the partnership they have with our uniformed men and women, our Navy civilians, the shipbuilding industry as a whole, and the American people, is one of the great strengths of our system. Throughout its life, as it serves around the world, this ship will represent the American spirit of hard work and patriotism the people of Brunswick exude».
Named for a seaport city located on the southeast coast of Georgia, Brunswick is the fourth ship to bear the name. The first was a lightship that served in the U.S. Navy during World War I. The second Brunswick was a patrol frigate that escorted convoys across the Atlantic during World War II. The third ship to bear the name was a salvage and rescue tug that served the U.S. Navy from 1972 to 1996.
The 103 m/338 foot-long aluminum catamaran is under construction at the Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, Alabama. Joint High Speed Vessels (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/2,222 km at an average speed of 35 knots/40 mph/65 km/h with berthing space for up to 104 personnel and airline-style seating for up to 312.
JHSVs have a 20,000 square foot/1,863 m2 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 (MSC), Brunswick (JHSV-6) will be designated as a United States Naval Ship (USNS), and will have a core crew of 22 civilian mariners with military mission personnel embarking as necessary.
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
USNS Spearhead (JHSV-1), Delivered
USNS Choctaw County (JHSV-2), Delivered
USNS Millinocket (JHSV-3), Delivered
USNS Fall River (JHSV-4), Delivered
USNS Trenton (JHSV-5), Delivered
Brunswick (JHSV-6), under construction
Carson City (JHSV-7), under construction
Yuma (JHSV-8), under construction
Bismark (JHSV-9), under construction
Burlington (JHSV-10), under construction