Joint High-Speed Vessel USNS Spearhead
(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Phil Beaufort/Released)
"During this second phase of the NAVSOUTH Fleet Experimentation campaign, we were able to meet all exercise objectives and more fully inform the concept of operations for afloat forward sea basing of the JHSV class," said Capt. Bob Cepek, SPS-15 mission commander, "I am very satisfied with the flexibility and can-do spirit of the military and MSC team on Spearhead."
FLEX two campaign participants came from Navy Expeditionary Combat Command, U.S. Navy's MSC, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command, Navy Warfare Development Command, Boeing and the Insitu demonstration team.
"Although some of the technologies we employed are in regular use throughout the fleet, we had the chance to employ them in new ways and that's the advantage of the FLEX process, a controlled environment to test some of the great ideas floating around out there," said Cepek.
SPS-JHSV 15 is a U.S. Navy deployment focused on subject-matter expert changes with partner nation militaries and security forces.
U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet support U.S. Southern Command's joint and combined military operations by employing maritime forces in cooperative maritime security operations to maintain access, enhance interoperability and build enduring partnerships in order to enhance regional security and promote peace, stability and prosperity in the Caribbean, Central and South American regions.
Information Technology Specialist 2nd Class Joshua Lesperance, from Spring Valley, Ill., launches an RQ-20A Aqua Puma small unmanned aircraft system off the flight deck of the Military Sealift Command joint high-speed vessel USNS Spearhead (JHSV 1). Spearhead is on a scheduled deployment to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of the international collaborative capacity-building program Africa Partnership Station. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Joshua Davies/Released)
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