USNS Trenton deploys for first overseas mission today

File photo: The future Military Sealift Command joint high-speed vessel USNS Trenton (JHSV 5) rolls out in preparation for launch at Austal USA shipyard. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Nearly 80 Navy sailors and civil service mariners with USNS Trenton will deploy Tuesday from Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story.

This is the first overseas mission for the Navy’s Expeditionary Fast Transport vessel.

Trenton will deploy to U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa Command’s area of operation. There, they will support the Sixth Fleet’s efforts to conduct Theater Security Operations.

Trenton is the fifth of 12 versatile, non-combatant transport ships (EPFs) planned for Military Sealift Command. EPFs can transport 600 short tons 1,200 nautical miles at an average speed of 35 knots. They are designed to operate in austere ports and waterways, providing added flexibility to U.S. warfighters worldwide.

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