Congressman Jack Kingston: Navy to name ship after Brunswick, GA

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Apr

Congressman Jack Kingston: Navy to name ship after Brunswick, GA

U.S. Navy to Honor Brunswick with Naming of New Vessel

Ship honors city for historical relationship with Navy

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Jack Kingston (R-GA) has confirmed that Secretary of the Navy Ray Maybus will announce a future joint high speed vessel (JHSV) to be named the USNS Brunswick in honor of the coastal Georgia community.

The vessels are named for communities that embody American values. Brunswick was chosen to recognize the city’s longstanding relationship with the Navy.

“From the construction of Liberty Ships to U Boat patrols from Naval Air Station Glynco, Brunswick is a city steeped in military history,” said Kingston. “It is an all-American city which has always honored our troops in word and deed. I applaud the Secretary Maybus for his choice to honor this deserving community.”

The USNS Brunswick will be capable of transporting 600 short tons and traveling 1,200 nautical miles at an average speed of 35 knots. It and other JHSVs can operate in shallow-draft waterways, giving forces more mobility and flexibility.

With 20,000 square foot open mission decks and an aviation flight deck, the vessels are able to support air vehicle launch and recovery operations day or night. Berthing space on the ships can accommodate up to 42 crew members, 104 personnel, and can seat up to 312.

“This will be a very versatile ship,” Kingston said. “It will be capable of conducting disaster relief and supporting overseas contingency operations. It will also be able to support special operations or joint sea-basing concepts. We hope to welcome the USNS Brunswick to our area very soon.”

The USNS Brunswick will be constructed by Austal USA in Mobile, Alabama and is expected to be delivered in Spring 2015.

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