USNS Spearhead set to join fourth fleet

NAVAL STATION MAYPORT, Fla. - The USNS Spearhead, the first Austal-built joint high speed vessel, stopped in here at Naval Station Mayport last week so that senior officials and military personnel from the U.S. 4th Fleet could visit the ship and receive capability briefings for operational planning. 

The 4th operates in South and Central America, plus the Caribbean, and the fleet's commander, Rear Adm. Sinclair Harris, is eager to get his hands on the Spearhead. 

"The joint high-speed vessel Spearhead is a perfect match for 4th Fleet and we plan to use it across all of our lines of operations; security cooperation activities, maritime security operations and contingency operations," Harris said in a statement. "Spearhead is critically important to Fourth Fleet's area of operations because of her shallow draft and ability to work in more austere ports that traditional warships might not be able to. We see the high speed vessels as even more capable in terms of reaching out to our partner nations."

For video of the vessel, including interviews with its crew members, you can watch the following prepared by the Navy's news service: