VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – The U.S. Navy’s First Joint High Speed vessel USNS Spearhead (JHSV-1) returned to Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek – Fort Story Sunday from a four and one-half month deployment to the U.S. European Command and U.S. Africa Command to support the international collaborative capacity-building program Africa Partnership Station (APS).
The ship traveled more than 23,000 miles to serve as a forward base and training platform for maritime law enforcement exercises with 19 U.S. and African-partnered nations. The crew also played a role in two of APS’s annual multinational express exercises, Saharan and Obangame, to help reinforce security measures off the coast of West Africa and in the Gulf of Guinea.
The Spearhead is the first of 10 joint high-speed vessels planned for the Navy. It is operated by Military Sealift Command and is an affordable, maneuverable ship capable of carrying up the 312 passengers.