One Small Step . . .
The Navy wrapped up builder's sea trials April 19 for the
first Joint High Speed Vessel in Mobile, AL, the service said in a statement
last week. During the trials, the crew of Spearhead (JHSV-1) operated the
ship's propulsion plant at different power levels, tested and calibrated
communication and navigation systems, tested the ride control system and
conducted high-speed turns. The ship reached a speed of 35 knots during the
trials, the Navy said. Builder Austal is now preparing the vessel for
acceptance trials with the Board of Inspection and Survey. The Navy expects
delivery of the ship later this year.
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