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Millinocket (JHSV 3)

The first naval vessel to be named in honor of the towns of Millinocket and East Millinocket, Maine.1

The Department of Defense initially slated the Army to operate five of the anticipated U.S. fleet of ten joint high speed vessels (JHSVs). Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced on 30 May 2012, however, the change of the third vessel’s name from Fortitude to Millinocket, in light of her transfer to the Navy (which had occurred in 2011).

(JHSV 3: displacement 2,362; length 338'; beam 93'; draft 13'; speed 21 knots; complement 41, troop capacity 312; armament 4 .50 caliber machine guns; aircraft up to 2 Sikorsky MH-60 Seahawks; class Spearhead)

Millinocket (JHSV 3) was laid down on 3 May 2012 at Mobile, Ala., by Austal; launched on 5 June 2013; sponsored by Mrs. Karen G. Mills, wife of President Barry Mills of Bowdoin College, Maine; and is scheduled to be placed in service in 2014.

The Military Sealift Command will operate the joint high speed vessel, which can embark a company of marines or soldiers for a voyage of up to 1,200 nautical miles at an average speed of 35 knots in sea state 3 [sea state 3=wave height up to 4.1 feet]. Millinocket has a flight deck for helicopter operations, and a loading ramp to enable vehicles to quickly drive on and off the ship. The ramp is designed to accommodate the limited piers and quay walls often encountered in developing countries. The ship’s shallow draft will further enhance her littoral operations and port access.

Detailed history under construction.

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The predominant colors of dark blue and gold are traditionally associated with the Navy; blue to represent the sea and gold to signify excellence.

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Austal launches Millinocket (JHSV 3), 5 June 2013. (U.S. Navy Photograph, Naval Sea Systems Command).


Last Reviewed: 11/19/13
Mark L. Evans


1The Maryland Steel Co., Sparrow’s Point, Md., built steam freighter Millinocket (3,274 tons) in 1910. When World War II began, A. H. Bull & Co., Inc., New York, operated the ship. German Type IXC U-boat U-129 (Korvettenkapitän Hans-Ludwig Witt) sank Millinocket (Master Lewis W. Callis), while she steamed with a load of bauxite ore en route from Georgetown, British Guiana, to Mobile, Ala., off La Isabella, Cuba, (23°12' N, 79°58' W, at 2303 on 17 June 1942). Callis and ten crewmen died, and 24 men survived. Witt briefly questioned the survivors and then provided them with a first aid kit. Cuban boats rescued the survivors the following day.