The U.S. Department of Defense’s next generation multi-use platform, 103-meter high-speed catamaran, built by Austal USA, successfully completed the launch process of the USNS Fall River (JHSV 4).
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This is a part of a 10 JHSV program, the funds for all of which have been appropriated, worth over US$1.6 billion.
The design is of the vessel is 70 percent in common with the Hawaii Superferry, also built by Austal USA.
The Spearhead-class joint high speed vessel (JHSV) is a United States Navy-led shipbuilding program to provide “a platform intended to support users in the Department of the Navy and Department of the Army. The Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV) program is a cooperative effort for a high-speed, shallow draft vessel intended for rapid intratheater transport of medium-sized cargo payloads. The JHSV will reach speeds of 35–45 knots (65–83 km/h; 40–52 mph) and will allow for the rapid transit and deployment of conventional or special forces as well as equipment and supplies.”