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Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 5 December 2012
Total Production: 18
Unitary Cost: USD$218 million
Also Known As: EPF, Expeditionary Fast Transport, Fortitude, HSV-2 Swift, HSV-X1, HSVX-1 Joint Venture and Joint High Speed Vessel
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: Austal* and General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems (ship mission system integrator)   (*) lead contractor
Parent System: JHSV
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 5 December 2012
Total Production: 18
Total Cost: USD$3.9 billion
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Description: The Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV) is a United States Department of Defense (DoD) program aimed at fielding a new kind of transport ship for rapid deployment of military forces anywhere in the world. The program was approved by the joint services, including the four services, in early November 2005 with the lead ship planned to be commissioned in fiscal year 2008. This program is based on trimaran hull technology which allows surface ships to achieve high speeds and operate in shallow waters while carrying medium sized cargo payloads.

The JHSV concept was demonstrated during HSVX-1, also known as Joint Venture, and HSV-2, also known as Swift, prototypes which were tested in support of operation Iraqi Freedom and the global war on terror. Rapid intra-theater of a wide range of military payloads would be its main goal. Such a payloads may include vehicles, supplies or ground troops. US Army and Marine Corps company-sized units could be transported by a single JHSV. Alternatively, the vessel can be reconfigured to transport an infantry battalion's ground troops component. Besides, a flight deck will offer an additional capability for rotary-wing aircraft and special operations forces operations.

The ship's construction will be similar to high speed commercial ferries adding a flight deck, hangar (not firm yet) and a variable height cargo ramp for quick offloading of vehicles and payloads. It will be capable of cruising at 35-45 nautical miles per hour allowing for rapid deployment and maneuver of conventional or special operations forces. The propulsion system consists of MTU 8000 diesel engines with superior fuel efficiency. Its shallow draft comes in handy at small and/or austere ports. With such a capabilities JHSV is expected to take care of support of relief operations in small or damaged ports, logistics support vessel for the Joint Commander, rapid transport of a Marine Light Armored Reconnaissance Company or an Army Stryker unit.

In May 2011, the US Army signed a memorandum of agreement transferring its five JHSV vessels to the US Navy.

JHSV Specifications

Crew: 22
Troops: 312
Cargo Area: 1,800 square meter
Beam: 28.5 meter (94 foot)
Draft: 3.92 meter (12.9 foot)
Length: 103 meter (338 foot)
Max Range: 1,200 nautical mile (2,222 kilometer)
Max Range at Cruise Speed: 1,200 nautical mile
Cruise Speed: 35 knot (18.0 mps)
Top Speed: 45 knot (83 kph)
Cargo: 635 ton
Full Displacement: 2,500 ton
CEP: Circular Error Probable
Meters (m)   Kilometers (km)   Nautic Miles (nm)   Inch (in)   Yard (yd)   Foot (ft)   Millimeter (mm)
Pound (lb)   Kilogram (kg)   kN (KiloNewton)   Ton (t)
Meters per Second (mps)   Kilometers per Hour (kph)   Knot (kt)   Miles per Hour (mph)
Liter (l)   Galon (gl)
Year (yr)   Minutes (min)   Second (sec)
Shaft-Horse-Power (shp)


There are 12 news between
19 Nov 2005 and 16 Sep 2016
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Friday, September 16, 2016US Navy Orders Two Additional Expeditionary Fast Transport Vessels
Friday, May 20, 2016Royal Navy of Oman Takes Delivery of First High Speed Support Vessel
Thursday, August 28, 2014GA-ASI Radar Shines During US Navy Spearhead IIA Exercise
Monday, April 7, 2014US Navy to Deploy Electromagnetic Railgun Aboard JHSV
Thursday, May 5, 2011US Army Tranfers High Speed Vessels to US Navy
Wednesday, October 13, 2010Austal Awarded Construction Contract for JHSV 4 and 5
Monday, November 17, 2008General Dynamics to Integrate Ship Mission System for Austal JHSV
Friday, November 14, 2008Austal USA to Build up to Ten JHSV Vessels for the US Navy
Thursday, November 13, 2008US Navy Orders One JHSV High Speed Catamaran from Austal USA
Tuesday, February 12, 2008General Dynamics to Integrate Ship Mission System for the Austal Joint High Speed Vessel

Operators & Related Equipment

United States of America18
Mar 20143
Dec 20121

Grand Total 181
Armored Vehicles
M1A2 Abrams
Support Aircraft
CH-53E Super Stallionx1

JHSV Ship Listing

SerialNameStatusLaunch DateCommissionDecommission
JHSV 1 USAV Spearhead17 Sep 20115 Dec 2012-
JHSV 2 USAV Vigilant-7 Jun 2013-
JHSV 3 USNS Millinocket20 Apr 201321 Mar 2014-
JHSV 4 USAV Fall River11 Jan 20142015-
JHSV 5 USNS Trenton10 Jan 201513 Apr 2015-
JHSV 6 USNS Brunswick9 May 20152017-
EPF 7 USNS Carson City16 Jan 20162018-
EPF 8 USNS Yuma20 Aug 20162019-
T-EPF 9 USNS Bismarck13 May 20172020-
JHSV 10 USNS Burlington-2021-
T-EPF 11 USNS Puerto Rico-2022-
EPF 12 -2023-

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