Welcome aboard Brunswick – the sixth of 12 planned expeditionary fast transport vessels for our Navy. This great officially became a part of the Navy’s non-combatant fleet in January 2016, our time in Brunswick marks our first official port visit. We are particularly pleased to be a part of Brunswick’s 78th annual Blessing of the Fleet and having the opportunity to be blessed along with the shrimp boats on Mother’s Day, May 8.
T-EPF-6, a 338-foot shallow draft aluminum catamaran, is a multi-mission, non-combatant transport vessel characterized by its high volume, high speed and flexibility. It is the fourth to be named Brunswick after the seaport city located on the southeast coast of Georgia. The city of Brunswick has a rich maritime history that dates back to World War II, serving as the site of a 435-acre yard that employed up to 16,000 workers at its peak. The yard produced 99 Liberty s by the end of the war. Today, Brunswick continues to display American values of community, hospitality and resourcefulness. USNS Brunswick was named after her namesake city to honor those values and the men and women of the city, as well as the state of Georgia.
The civil service mariner crew and I are proud to be a part of the Blessing of the Fleet, and we look forward to participating in a full schedule while in Brunswick. I invite everyone who comes aboard to take advantage of a tour and get a sense of the ’s broad potential for supporting warfighters. We’re honored to host members of the public, the media and our Navy colleagues. Some of my crew will join the festivities, including the cities monthly celebration – First Friday.
For this visit, Brunswick’s 20,000-square foot mission bay holds delegations from the US Marine Corps and the Navy Expeditionary Combat Command. These exhibits demonstrate just a fraction of the capabilities that Brunswick and its sister s will provide to operations worldwide.
Expeditionary Fast Transport vessels are fast, flexible and maneuverable, enabling rapid intra-theater transport. Mission bay spaces can quickly be reconfigured for multiple mission types, everything from humanitarian aid and disaster relief to safely delivering tanks and personnel. Although we don’t have any aboard right now, our flight deck is certified for aircraft up to and including a CH-53 Super Stallion.
Brunswick is well designed for moving a significant amount of people and equipment quickly – 1,200 nautical miles at about 35 knots. The first in the T-EPF class – USNS Spearhead – will return home to Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story this week from her fourth deployment , as she continues to explore other possible capabilities and missions.
We’re proud of this , and we look forward to showcasing it while we’re at the city pier located at Mary Ross State Park.
Again, welcome aboard Brunswick.