Colonna’s Shipyard Awarded $8.9M Contract for Emergency Dry-Docking of USNS Spearhead (T-EPF 1)

Colonna’s Shipyard is awarded an $8.9 million firm-fixed-price contract for an 80-day shipyard availability for the emergency dry-docking of USNS Spearhead (T-EPF 1).

The contract work will be performed in Norfolk, Virginia, and is expected to be complete by June 2020.

This contract also includes an 80-day base period and three options, which if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to around $9.2 million. Working capital contract funds (Navy) for the contract amount are obligated for fiscal 2020 and will not expire at the end of the fiscal year.

The USNS Spearhead (formerly JHSV-1) is the first Spearhead-class expeditionary fast transport (EPF) ship to be operated by the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command (MSC). The class was previously designated as “Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV)”, but was changed in September 2015.

Construction of Spearhead began on 22 July 2010, when the ship’s keel was laid at the Austal facility in Mobile, Alabama. At the time, Spearhead was intended for service with the U.S. Army in the 7th Sustainment Brigade as U.S. Army Vessel (USAV) Spearhead (JHSV 1).

The vessel was launched in September 2011 and delivered to the Navy in early 2012.

Spearhead-class EPFs are 103 meters (338 ft) long and 28.5 meters (94 ft) in beam, and has a draft of 3.83 meters (12.6 ft). They are powered by four MTU 20V8000 M71L engines, each with a power of 9.1 MW (12,200 hp), driving four Wärtsilä WLD 1400 SR waterjets through ZF 60000NR2H reduction gears. This allows for a maximum speed of 43 knots (49 mph) and a service speed of 35 knots (40 mph).

These vessels are versatile, non-combatant, transport ships that are being used for high-speed transportation of troops, military vehicles, and equipment. The vessels support a variety of missions including overseas contingency operations, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR), support of special operations forces (SOF), theater security cooperation activities and emerging joint sea-basing concepts.

EPFs are capable of transporting 600 short tons 1,200 nautical miles at an average speed of 35 knots. Each vessel includes a flight deck to support day and night aircraft launch and recovery operations. The ships are capable of interfacing with roll-on/roll-off (RORO) discharge facilities, as well as on/off-loading vehicles such as a fully combat-loaded Abrams Main Battle Tank (MBT).

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