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New rapid transport ship arrives at Va. base

Feb. 18, 2013 - 12:03PM   |   Last Updated: Feb. 18, 2013 - 12:03PM  |  
The Military Sealift Command joint high-speed vessel USNS Spearhead (JHSV-1) pulls into Naval Station Mayport to be inspected. Spearhead is the first of of nine Navy joint high-speed vessels and is designed for rapid intra-theater transport of troops and military equipment.
The Military Sealift Command joint high-speed vessel USNS Spearhead (JHSV-1) pulls into Naval Station Mayport to be inspected. Spearhead is the first of of nine Navy joint high-speed vessels and is designed for rapid intra-theater transport of troops and military equipment. (MCS 3rd Class Damian Berg / Navy)
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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The first of the Navy's next generation of rapid transport ships has arrived at its homeport in Virginia.

WAVY-TV reported that the USNS Spearhead arrived at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek this past weekend.

The Spearhead is the Navy's first joint high-speed vessel.

The Navy said the 338-foot-long aluminum catamaran is designed for rapid transport of troops and equipment. It can carry up to 600 tons. The ship has a crew of 22 civil service mariners employed by Military Sealift Command.

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