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USAV Spearhead (TSV-1X)
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TSV-1X at sea in 2003
Career
Operator:  United States Army
Builder: Incat Ltd.
Identification:
  • IMO number: 9280897
General characteristics
Type: Theater Support Vessel
Displacement: 1,875 long tons (1,905 t)
Length: 315 ft (96 m)
Beam: 88.5 ft (27.0 m)
Draft: 12 ft (3.7 m)
Speed:
  • 37 knots (69 km/h; 43 mph) cruising speed
  • 50 knots (93 km/h; 58 mph) top speed
Complement: 30

USAV Spearhead (TSV-1X) is the first ship of the US Army's theater support vessel (TSV) program. The Army leased Spearhead from Australian fast ferry builder Incat in October 2002. Modifications included helicopter pads suitable for large military helicopters and a two-part, hydraulic vehicle ramp that allows rapid loading and discharge of vehicles from the stern or alongside. With its 1,250-ton capacity and shallow draft, Spearhead is the first of what is expected to become a fleet of as many as 17 TSVs.[1]

Spearhead was deployed in January 2003 to support Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.[2]

The vessel was withdrawn from US Army service in 2005, and is currently in civilian service as HSC T&T Spirit.

References

  1. hazegray.org – World Navies Today: US Army
  2. TSV-1X Spearhead, globalsecurity.org, accessed 23 June 2010.

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