USAV Spearhead (TSV-X1)

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This article is about the theater support vessel. For the joint high speed vessel, see USNS Spearhead (JHSV-1).
US Navy 030127-N-3642E-004 United States Army Vessel (USAV) Theater Support Vessel (TSV-1X) Spearhead.jpg
TSV-1X at sea in 2003
Class overview
Builders: Incat Ltd.
Operators:  United States Army
In commission: 2002–2005[1]
Planned: 1
Completed: 1
Active: 0
Retired: 1
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-X1) 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. [2]

The Spearhead was deployed in January 2003 to support Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.[3]

The vessel was withdrawn from US Army service in 2005, and is currently in civilian service as HSC T&T Spirit.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Peter M. Swatz; Karin Duggan (December 2011). "he U.S. Navy in the World (2001-2010)". Naval History and Heritage Command. United States Navy. Retrieved 2 April 2015. 
  2. ^ hazegray.org – World Navies Today: US Army [1]
  3. ^ TSV-1X Spearhead, globalsecurity.org, accessed 23 June 2010.