USNS Spearhead Supports Fleet Experimentation

July 29, 2019 – USNS Spearhead (T-EPF 1) recently completed a two-day underway. Spearhead sailed in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Key West, Fla., to conduct fleet experiments with multiple unmanned aerial and undersea systems, to include the V-BAT vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned aerial vehicle (UA), Scan Eagle UAV and Knifefish unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV). Spearhead also tested the assured position, navigation and timing (PNT) system. Dr. Christopher Heagney, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet science advisor coordinated the fleet experimentation for the underway period.…

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US Navy Contract Announcements October 22, 2018

Alliant Techsystems Operations (ATK), Northridge, California, is awarded $12,792,480 for modification P00007 to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N68936-15-D-0019). This modification provides additional funding for the design and development studies and engineering services for rapid technology development of Orbital ATK products. Work will be performed in China Lake, California, and is expected to be completed in June 2020. No funds will be obligated at time of award; funds will be obligated on individual orders as they are issued. The Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, China Lake, California, is…

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USNS Spearhead Completes First in Class, Material Readiness Inspection

USNS Spearhead (T-EPF 1) completed her first Ships Material Assessment and Readiness Testing (SMART) inspection, June 14. Military Sealift Command’s ships undergo a SMART inspection every five years to ensure their material conditions meet the standards required to qualify the vessels as operationally ready. “A SMART inspection is a period material readiness evaluation conducted on MSC’s ships to ensure that they can perform for their expected service life and to ensure they are capable of performing their mission,” said Capt. Chris Wells, the director of inspections at the Board of…

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Ninth Expeditionary Fast Transport Latest Arrival in Highly-Adaptable Ship Class

Later this month USNS City of Bismarck (T-EPF 9) will join the fleet as part of a class of ships that is quickly becoming recognized as adaptable and innovative. As the world’s oceans become more heavily trafficked and more contested, this adaptability and innovation will be meeting our Navy’s future requirements and missions. USNS City of Bismarck will be the ninth of 12 Expeditionary Fast Transports (EPF). As one of the Navy’s newest ship classes, the non-combatant EPFs provide warfighters with a ship that can be configured and reconfigured to…

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USS Wasp to Support Relief for US Territories in Caribbean

U.S. Southern Command released the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) from support of post-Hurricane Maria relief operations in Dominica Sept. 29, and the ship will now join relief efforts for U.S. territories in the Caribbean. U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet, through Joint Task Force-Leeward Islands (JTF-LI), was able to rapidly deploy Wasp to Dominica with critically-needed logistic capabilities. Wasp, which had been providing assistance to the U.S. Virgin Islands in the wake of Hurricane Irma, was re-positioned to avoid the path of Hurricane Maria. The amphibious…

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USNS Spearhead Conducts Narcotics Detection, Monitoring as Part of SPS 17

USNS Spearhead (T-EPF 1) performed detection and monitoring patrols in the U.S. Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) area of responsibility, to assist in the interdiction of illicit drug trafficking, during Southern Partnership Station 2017 (SPS 17). Joint Interagency Task Force (JIATF) South led the multinational multi-agency effort in which Spearhead partnered with the DEA, FBI and U.S. Coast Guard until concluding operations, Aug. 15. “The Spearhead provides JIATF South with an additional surface sensor platform for detecting suspicious shipping involved in trafficking in narcotics,” said Capt. Steven Stacy, SPS 17 mission commander.…

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