USAV Spearhead (TSV-1X)
TSV-1X at sea in 2003
|Operator:||United States Army|
|Identification:||IMO number: 9280897|
|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)|
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.
The vessel was withdrawn from US Army service in 2005, and is currently in civilian service as HSC T&T Spirit.