Congressman Mark Amodei (NV-2) this week was informed by Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus of the decision to name a future joint high speed vessel (JHSV) "USNS Carson City." Joint High Speed Vessels are named after small American cities and counties that embody American values. The future United States Naval Ship (USNS) Carson City is the second naval vessel to be named in honor of Nevada's capital city. The first, a patrol frigate (PF 50), earned two battle stars for service in World War II.
"It is great to hear there will be another Carson City namesake in the U.S. Navy," said Amodei. "Congratulations to the Navy League's Carson City Council #347 -- it sounds like our community will be well-represented by a state-of-the-art ship."
"Carson City displays American values of community, ingenuity and perseverance at their best," Secretary Mabus said. "I chose to name the joint high speed vessel after Carson City to honor those values and the men and women of the community as well as the state of Nevada."
Capable of transporting 600 short tons, and traveling 1,200 nautical miles at an average speed of 35 knots, the JHSV can operate in shallow-draft ports and waterways, providing U.S. forces added mobility and flexibility. Joint high speed vessels also have a 20,000 square foot open mission deck and an aviation flight deck to support day and night air vehicle launch and recovery operations. Additionally, the ships have berthing space for up to 42 crew members, 104 personnel, and airline-style seating for up to 312. USNS Carson City will be constructed by Austal USA in Mobile, Ala.