USNS Fall River
140725-N-EW716-002 GULF OF MEXICO (July 25, 2014) The joint high speed vessel USNS Fall River (JHSV 4) completes acceptance trials testing and evaluations in the Gulf of Mexico. The ship's trials included dockside testing to clear the ship for sea and at-sea trials during which the Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) evaluated and demonstrated the performance of Fall River major systems. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)

The recently built USNS Fall River will be stop in Newport, RI on Monday, September 14th according to according to The Herald News;

“The Fall River will be traveling from Newport, Rhode Island, where it will be displayed starting Monday, and from this city will continue to its service in the Pacific, (Battleship Cove) officials said.”

The 337 foot-long USNS Fall River is expected to dock at Naval Station Newport on Monday, September 14th. While access to the base is restricted, keep your eye on Newport Harbor as she is expected to arrive in Newport on Monday and depart on Thursday.

The USNS Fall River will be in port at Battleship Cove in Fall River from Thursday, September 17th through September 20th for public viewing.

According to The Hartford Courant – The Fall River has stopped at the Connecticut Maritime Heritage Festival that is taking place September 9 – 12 in New London, CT. She is among the many boats on display, including Rhode Island’s SSV Oliver Hazard Perry.

USNS Fall River (U.S. Navy photo/Released)

About The USNS Fall River

USNS Fall River is the fourth Spearhead-class Joint High Speed Vessel, to be part of the United States Military Sealift Command and was built in Mobile, Alabama.

On 23 March 2010, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced in Fall River, Massachusetts that the fourth Joint High Speed Vessel will be named USNS Fall River.

The ship was christened on January 11, 2014 by First Lady of Massachusetts, Diane Bemus Patrick, at Austal USA’s Shipyard in Mobile, Alabama and was accepted into MSC service on 15 September 2014.

The USNS Fall River has a core crew of 22 civilian mariners who operate and navigate the ship as part of the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command. The ship is designed to be used in support of a variety of different missions..

Editor’s Note: The What’sUpNewp Crew has reached out to Naval Station Newport for comment regarding her visit, at this time we have no response

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