Baker III, A. D.
April 2003
U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings;Apr2003, Vol. 129 Issue 4, p104
Conference Proceeding
The article informs about several combat fleets. Handed over last November at Hobart, Tasmania, bare of paint except for the name and hull number, the 319-foot, aluminum-construction Spearhead (TSV-1X) became the second INCAT-built wavepiercing catamaran passenger and vehicle ferry to be chartered for the U.S. Army. A unit of INCAT's Evolution-10B class, the Spearhead is marginally longer and broader than the better-known Joint Venture (IX 532/HSC-X1), which was transferred to U.S. Navy control on 14 November 2002 after an overhaul by INCAT's U.S. business partner, Bollinger Shipyard, at Morgan City, Louisiana, and is now operating in the Middle East. The much-delayed Royal Navy dock landing ship Albion began running builder's trials in December 2002. In addition to transporting 325 Royal Marines (up to 710 in an emergency), the ship has a floodable well deck aft to accommodate four of the Royal Navy's new LCU Mk 10 landing craft or two U.S. Navy air-cushion landing craft (LCACs); four smaller LCVP Mk 5 landing craft are carried in davits.


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