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The capabilities of Austal and its products are amply demonstrated by the Littoral Combat Ship and Joint High Speed Vessel programs for the US Navy, and numerous successes in the patrol boat market.
The Army has transferred all five of its joint high speed vessels (JHSVs) to the Navy in an effort to reduce redundancy in the services' capabilities and better align their core competencies.
The Department of the Navy recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Department of the Army transferring all five of the Army's Joint High Speed Vessels (JHSV) to the Navy.
Known as the Joint High Speed Vessel, the craft will be acquired by the Navy for itself, the Army and the Marine Corps.
The Strategic and Theater Sealift Program Office is responsible for executing the Joint High Speed Vessel and Mobile Landing Platform acquisition programs as well as the Sealift Research and Development initiative, which includes operational logistics.
Mr Bellamy added that the acquisition directly addresses the needs of the US Navy, with whom Austal has contracts to build Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) and Joint High Speed Vessels (JHSV).
For insight into how the forthcoming joint high speed vessel might be employed by the Marine Corps, one can look at how leathernecks in Third Marine Expeditionary Force are operating the leased High Speed Vessel WestPac Express, a commercial ferry built by Australian-based shipyard Austal Ltd.
This past year, the Navy achieved significant progress within these focus areas: We deployed USS Freedom (LCS 1) nearly two years early, commissioned new SSNs, DDGs and T-AKEs, and started construction of the first Navy Joint High Speed Vessel.