USNS Spearhead in dry dock
The USNS Spearhead (T-EPF-1), a Joint High Speed Vessel class ship, is in dry dock Oct. 20, 2015, at the Navy port in Charleston, S.C. The EPF-1 is a high-speed, shallow draft, surface ship able to transport payloads of more than 600 short tons or a fully equipped company-sized unit rapidly over intra-theater distances. These company-sized units can embark and debark as intact military formations with vehicles and weapons ready for immediate employment. . The crew is able to quickly reconfigure loads as mission requirements change. The JHSV class of ship is an auxiliary (non-warship) vessel designed to operate in non-threatening environments. In higher threat environments, it will operate under the protection of warships or other joint assets. JHSV class ships are being built to American Bureau of Shipbuilding (ABS) High Speed Naval Craft (HSNC) standards, and will not be shock hardened. As an intra-theater connector, JHSVs will be capable of self-deploying to theaters of operations and then moving forces and supplies within the theater.
The ship is operated by the US Navy's Military Sealift Command with a crew of civil service mariners, who rotate about every four months.
The local Military Sealift Command office provides logistical, husbanding support and operational oversight to all MSC (USNS) vessels. The ship’s current master is Capt. Doug Casavant.
(Courtesy photo by Chief engineer J. Hansen)