USNS Millinocket passes acceptance trials
By BETH BROGAN | Bangor (Maine) Daily News | Published: January 18, 2014
BRUNSWICK, Maine — The future USNS Millinocket, a joint high-speed vessel, has passed acceptance trials in Mobile, Ala.
Naval Today reported this week that the trials tested all the ship’s systems, and no major issues were found.
The ship, which was christened in April 2013, can operate in shallow-draft ports and waterways, providing U.S. forces added mobility and flexibility, according to the Navy. The vessel also has a 20,000-square-foot open mission deck and an aviation flight deck to support day and night air vehicle launch and recovery operations.
It will support overseas contingency operations, conduct humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, support special operations forces and more.
The 338-foot catamaran vessel was named by Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus in May 2012 after the towns of East Millinocket and Millinocket.
“Millinocket displays American values of community and ingenuity at their best,” Mabus said at the time. “I chose to name the joint high speed vessel after East Millinocket and Millinocket to honor those values and the men and women of the community that represents them no less today than it did in the early 1900s.”
The U.S. Navy’s third joint high-speed vessel will follow in the tradition of the guided-missile frigate USS Stephen W. Groves, named after an East Millinocket flyer posthumously awarded the Navy Cross during the Battle of Midway in World War II.
A previous vessel, the freighter USS Millinocket, was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Cuba on June 17, 1942. A plaque dedicated to the Millinocket hangs in that town’s municipal office.