USNS Trenton (T-EPF-5)

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USNS Trenton (T-EPF-5)
USNS Trenton (EPF-5) gets underway from Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story and begin its first forward deployment.jpg
USNS Trenton gets underway from Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story
United States
Operator: Military Sealift Command
Builder: Austal USA[1]
Laid down: 10 March 2014[1][2]
Launched: 30 September 2014[1][3]
Christened: 10 January 2015[4]
In service: 13 April 2015[1][5]
Status: in active service
General characteristics
Class and type: Spearhead-class expeditionary fast transport
Length: 103.0 m (337 ft 11 in)
Beam: 28.5 m (93 ft 6 in)
Draft: 3.83 m (12 ft 7 in)
  • 4 × MTU 20V8000 M71L diesel engines
  • 4 × ZF 60000NR2H reduction gears
Speed: 43 knots (80 km/h; 49 mph)
Troops: 312
Crew: 41
Aircraft carried: Medium helicopter

USNS Trenton (T-EPF-5), (formerly JHSV-5), (ex-Resolute) is a Spearhead-class expeditionary fast transport vessel. Spearhead-class ships are used to support overseas operations, conduct humanitarian aid and disaster relief, and support special operations forces. This type of vessel also has an aviation flight deck and can operate in shallow waters.[6][7] Trenton completed acceptance trials on 13 March 2015[8] and was delivered to the United States Navy on 13 April 2015.[5]

June 2018 rescue[edit]

On 12 June 2018 Trenton rescued 40 migrants from a dinghy in the Mediterranean off the coast of Libya, 12 people died before they could be picked up.[9] Due to an ongoing dispute between Italy and Malta about the acceptance of migrants, arriving with Non-governmental organization (NGO) Search and rescue (SAR) ships, Trenton was at first unable to find a port willing to accept the people. The private NGO ship Sea Watch III denied Trenton's request to transfer the migrants, fearing to share the fate of the NGO ship Aquarius, which had been turned away by Italy and Malta two days earlier on June 10 and had to travel to Spain instead. Trenton was spotted waiting for orders off the port of Augusta, Sicily on 15 June.[10][11] The 41 individuals were finally accepted by Italy and were handed over to the Coast Guard vessel Diciotti 17 June at Lampedusa.[12]


  1. ^ a b c d "Trenton". Naval Vessel Register. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  2. ^ "Keel Laid for Future USNS Trenton (JHSV 5)". Navy News Service. 10 March 2014. NNS140310-11.
  3. ^ Finch, Michael (1 October 2014). "Future USNS Trenton launches from Austal USA shipyard".
  4. ^ US Navy christens future USNS Trenton (JHSV 5) -, 12 January 2015
  5. ^ a b US Navy accepts delivery of Austal-built joint high speed vessel USNS Trenton -, 13 April 2015
  6. ^ "Lautenberg: Navy to name new vessel after Trenton". North Jersey Media Group. Associated Press. 11 April 2013.
  7. ^ "U.S. Navy To Name Ship After Trenton". CBS News New York. Associated Press. 11 April 2013.
  8. ^ NAVSEA: Fifth Joint High Speed Vessel Completes Acceptance Trials,, 24 March 2015
  9. ^ "USNS Trenton Statement: June 2018". 12 June 2018.
  10. ^ "US navy ship with 41 rescued migrants outside Sicilian port of Augusta". 15 June 2018.
  11. ^ "After Sea Rescue, USNS Trenton Must Wait to Offload Survivors". 15 June 2018.
  12. ^ "Italy to accept 41 migrants rescued by US ship Trenton". Agencia EFE. 17 June 2018.

External links[edit]

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