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JROC Approves Joint HSV Program's Initial Capability Document

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SStory Number: NNS051118-23
Release Date: 11/19/2005 7:00:00 AM

From Naval Sea Systems Command Corporate Communications

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV) program office's Initial Capability Document received approval from the Department of Defense Joint Requirements Oversight Council in early November.

All four military services concurred with the decision. The Analysis of Alternatives for this program will report out before the end of the calendar year, and procurement of the lead ship is planned for FY08.

“The JHSV is a tremendous proven capability that the warfighters say they want. The concept has been tested operationally in Operation Iraqi Freedom and has received high marks from those who have used it,” said Marine Lt. Col. Larry Ryder, deputy project manager.

The concept for JHSV is a high-speed, shallow draft vessel intended for rapid intra-theatre transport of medium sized cargo payloads. The cargo may include vehicles, supplies or ground troops. It will be capable of transporting Army and Marine Corps company-sized units with their vehicles, or reconfigure to become a troop transport for an infantry battalion. Its 35-45 nautical miles per hour speed allows for rapid deployment and maneuver of conventional or special operations forces.

The JHSV will not be a combatant vessel. Its construction will be similar to high-speed commercial ferries used around the world, and the design will include a flight deck and an off-load ramp which can be lowered on a pier or quay wall - allowing vehicles to quickly drive off the ship.

JHSV's shallow draft will allow it access to small, austere ports common in developing countries. This makes the JHSV an extremely flexible asset ideal for three types of missions: support of relief operations in small or damaged ports; as a flexible logistics support vessel for the Joint Commander; or as the key enabler for rapid transport of a Marine Light Armored Reconnaissance Company or an Army Stryker unit.

Two of the prototype ships, HSVX-1 (Joint Venture), and HSV-2 (Swift), have already been used to support operations in the global war on terrorism and during Operation Iraqi Freedom. They also have been deployed to the Horn of Africa, Persian Gulf and Southeast Asia.

Currently, Joint Venture is being employed by the Special Operations Command as a proof-of-concept platform for a special operations force afloat in the western Pacific. Joint Venture has the capability to facilitate company-sized units, and its modifications include a helicopter landing deck and hangar, along with a small military command, control and communications suite.

Swift has supported relief operations in Indonesia and in the Gulf Coast region following hurricane Katrina. In both cases, Swift’s high speed and shallow draft combined to make it an ideal platform for the delivery of relief supplies and support of other platforms operating in the area.

During operations following Katrina, Swift was able to access ports inaccessible to other ships of the logistics force, and therefore played a critical role in the early delivery of supplies.

The Program Executive Office for Ships' Program Office for Sealift, Special Mission, Boats and Craft (PMS-325) manages the JHSV program.

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