The US Navy has taken delivery of its fifth joint high-speed vessel, USNS Trenton (JHSV 5), from Austal after successfully completing acceptance trials.
The 338ft-long JHSV 5 will now sail away from the shipyard to begin its shakedown period and final contract trials later this year.
Strategic and theater sealift programme manager captain Henry Stevens said: "Built from a mature design, unwavering requirements and with a committed navy, industry partnership, JHSV-5 has been designed to support and enable critical navy missions throughout the world.
"What really sets these vessels apart is their speed, agility and transport capability.
"Trenton can travel thousands of miles without refuelling and has over 20,000ft of stowage space in her mission bay for everything from vehicles and military cargo to humanitarian supplies. That means we can equip our troops and allies with mission essential supplies faster than ever before."
Owned and operated by Military Sealift Command (MSC), USNS Trenton will be operated by a crew of 22 civilian mariners and includes airline-style seating for 312 embarked forces, with fixed berthing for 104.
Austal is building ten such vessels at its shipyard at Mobile, Alabama, under a $1.6bn contract from the US Navy.
USNS Brunswick (JHSV 6) is expected to be launched later this year, while USNS Carson City (JHSV 7) and USNS Yuma (JHSV 8) are at various stages of construction.
Designed to bridge the gap between low-speed sealift and high-speed airlift, the JHSVs are equipped with a flight deck to support helicopter operations and a fast-rescue boat fitted mid-ship on the port side.
Image: USNS Trenton during sea trials. Photo: courtesy of Austal.