The US Navy has launched its latest joint high speed vessel (JHSV 6), the future USNS Brunswick, at the Austal USA Shipyard.
Earlier this month, the navy christened USNS Brunswick vessel, intended for fast intra-theatre transportation of troops, as well as military vehicles and equipment.
Capable of transporting 600 short tons 1,200nm at an average speed of 35, the vessel will offer US forces added mobility and flexibility.
US Navy Ships Program executive office strategic and theatre sealift programme manager captain Henry Stevens said: "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.
"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 new vessel features a flight deck for helicopter operations and an off-load ramp, which enables quick vehicular access to and from the ship as well as access to austere piers and quay walls.
It will be deployed to support an array of operations including manoeuvre and sustainment, relief operations, flexible logistics support, or as the key enabler for rapid transport.
In April this year, the navy received its fifth ship, USNS Trenton (JHSV 5), after successfully completing acceptance trials.
Australian shipbuilder Austal is constructing these vessels under a $1.6bn contract from the US Navy.
Image: The future joint high speed vessel, USNS Brunswick (JHSV 6). Photo: courtesy of US Navy photo / Released.