“Carson City displays American values of community, ingenuity and perseverance at their best,” Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said.
WASHINGTON, DC – The US Navy will 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, according to the Navy. 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.
Congressman Mark Amodei, R-NV, says, “It is great to hear there will be another Carson City namesake in the U.S. Navy. 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.”
Governor Brian Sandoval says, “On behalf of all Nevadans, we are honored that the Secretary chose to name the joint high speed vessel after Carson City to honor Carson City’s values of community, ingenuity and perseverance and the men and women of the community and our great state. As home to more than 55,000 residents, our state capitol and the Nevada National Guard Joint Force Headquarters, the Carson City community embodies a spirit of cooperation, determination, bravery and optimism – all qualities I am confident will be invaluable to the USNS Carson City and its crew. I thank the Secretary for this recognition and Godspeed, USNS Carson City.”
“I am so pleased that Carson City, Nevada will be memorialized and honored by the Navy,” says Senator Harry Reid, D-NV. “We have a dynamic veterans community in Nevada, many of whom have served in the Navy and Marine Corps. These brave men and women have traveled around the world to defend the freedoms all Americans enjoy. Their actions and service are deserving of this honor.”
“Carson City displays American values of community, ingenuity and perseverance at their best,” Navy Secretary Ray 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 20,000-square-foot open mission decks and aviation flight decks to support day and night air vehicle launch and recovery operations.
Additionally, each ship has 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.