â€œI am pleased that the Navy continues to recognize Austalâ€™s tremendous shipbuilding capabilities,â€ said Shelby. â€œThis $1.6 billion award for ten vessels is a testament to Alabamaâ€™s stellar workforce. This award enhances south Alabamaâ€™s defense community and complements our stateâ€™s service to our armed forces.â€
The JHSV is a joint Navy-Army program for a high-speed, shallow draft vessel intended for rapid intra-theater transport of cargo. It reaches speeds up to 45 knots and allows for the rapid transit and deployment of troops as well as equipment and supplies. The JHSV will include a flight deck for helicopter operations and an off-load ramp that will allow vehicles to quickly drive off the ship. It will transport Army and Marine Corps company-sized units with their vehicles, or be a troop transport for an infantry battalion.
The Navyâ€™s current acquisition plan calls for building ten vessels between fiscal year 2010 and fiscal year 2015.