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USNS Spearhead deployment delayed due to weather

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Posted at 8:04 AM, Jan 15, 2014
and last updated 2014-01-15 08:04:14-05

Deployment of the USNS Spearhead has been delayed because of the weather.

It will now head out first thing tomorrow.

The high speed vessel is the first in a new class.

The Joint Army Navy project can travel safely at 35 knots - that's about 40 miles per hour - and only needs a 22 person crew.

It will primarily be used as a transport ship, packing in as much as 600 tons of equipment.

That could be troops, vehicles or supplies.

The Spearhead will leave from Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story on Thursday, headed for the Mediterranean until May.