Navy honors Brunswick with ship naming

U.S. Sens. Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., on Friday congratulated Brunswick, Ga., for being chosen as the namesake for a future joint high speed vessel (JHSV).

"I was proud to learn that the Department of the Navy decided to honor Brunswick once again with a Naval vessel," Chambliss said in a news release. "The people of Brunswick have always supported the defense of our nation and have personified true American patriotism. I expect the USNS Brunswick -- the fourth of its namesake -- to continue a long and distinguished tradition of faithful service to our nation."

"I commend the United States Navy for naming its new Naval vessel after beautiful Brunswick, Ga.," Isakson said. "The city and the people of Brunswick have played an instrumental role in supporting the Navy. This honor is well-deserved and a meaningful tribute to Brunswick."

"Brunswick displays American values of community, hospitality and resourcefulness at their very best," Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus said. "I chose to name the joint high speed vessel after Brunswick to honor those values and the men and women of the city, as well as the state of Georgia."

Joint high speed vessels are named after small American cities and counties that embody American values. Capable of transporting 600 short tons and traveling 1,200 nautical miles at an average speed of 35 knots, the JHSV can operate in shallow-draft ports and waterways, providing U.S. forces added mobility and flexibility. JHSVs also have 20,000 square-foot open mission decks, and aviation flight decks to support day and night air vehicle launch and recovery operations. Additionally, the ships have berthing space for up to 42 crew members and 104 personnel, and airline-style seating for up to 312.

Military commanders will have the flexibility to use the JHSV in a variety of roles, including supporting overseas contingency operations, conducting humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, supporting special operations forces and supporting emerging joint sea-basing concepts.

While five of 10 JHSVs were previously slated to be owned and operated by the Army prior to being transferred to the Navy last year, the Spearhead (JHSV 1) will be the only JHSV to keep its Army-designated name. USNS Brunswick will be JHSV 6.

USNS Brunswick will be constructed by Austal USA in Mobile, Ala., with an expected delivery date of spring 2015.

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