Another Joint High Speed Vessel launched

TRENTON (JHSV 5) being rolled out of Austal USA's facility at Mobile, Alabama on 29 Sept. 2014.    MONTGOMERY (LCS 8) is alongside the quay fitting out.   In the background at upper right are JACKSON (LCS 6) and FALL RIVER (JHSV 4).  (Austal USA photo)

TRENTON (JHSV 5) being rolled out of Austal USA’s facility at Mobile, Alabama on 29 Sept. 2014. MONTGOMERY (LCS 8) is alongside the quay fitting out. In the background at upper right are JACKSON (LCS 6) and FALL RIVER (JHSV 4). Mobile Bay stretches away in the distance at top. (Austal USA photo)

Another Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV) was launched from Austal USA’s Mobile, Alabama shipyard at the end of September, marking a half-way point in the construction of ten all-aluminum JHSVs for the US Navy.

The Trenton (JHSV 5) was floated over a two-day period in a process involving several contractors. On Sept. 29, Berard Transportation moved the ship from Austal’s Assembly Bay 3 onto a Crowley deck barge, which was then towed to BAE Systems’ Southeast Shipyard. On Sept. 30, the Trenton was transferred from the barge into BAE’s floating dry dock Alabama, which was flooded in a deep section of Mobile Bay to float off the JHSV. Tugs returned the Trenton to the Austal shipyard where it will continue outfitting, aiming at a spring 2015 delivery date.

Austal USA specializes in the construction of all-aluminum ships, and currently is in full production on both JHSVs and Independence LCS 2-class littoral combat ships for the US Navy. Their Mobile River waterfront is now crowded with four ships in various stages of completion: Fall River (JHSV 4), which was delivered on Sept. 15 and will soon sail away to enter service with the Military Sealift Command; Jackson (LCS 6), launched and christened last December; and Montgomery (LCS 8), launched on Aug. 6.

The next ships to be launched at Austal USA are the Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) and Brunswick (JHSV 6), which should both hit the water in 2015. Other ships under construction at Austal include the Omaha (LCS 12), Manchester (LCS 14), Tulsa (LCS 16) and Carson City (JHSV 7).

Supported by a small army of transporters, the TRENTON slowly rolls  out from Austal USA's Assembly Bay 3 onto a deck barge, tended by tugs SCOTT QUEST, MOBILE POINT and ESCAMBIA. (US Navy)

Supported by a small army of transporters, the TRENTON slowly rolls out from Austal USA’s Assembly Bay 3 onto a deck barge, tended by tugs SCOTT QUEST, MOBILE POINT and ESCAMBIA. To save weight and maintenance, the JHSVs are left unpainted. (US Navy)

Floatoff completed, the TRENTON is moved by tugs on Sept. 30 back to the shipyard to complete the fitting-out process. The shipyard's manufacturing bays are at upper right. (Austal USA photo)

Floatoff completed, the TRENTON is moved by tugs on Sept. 30 back to the shipyard to complete the fitting-out process. The shipyard’s manufacturing bays are at upper right. (Austal USA photo)

 

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