Keel Laying for U.S.N.S. Fall River at Austal

Keel Laying for U.S.N.S. Fall River at Austal

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MOBILE, Ala. -

Austal U.S.A. held a keel laying ceremony for it's fourth joint high speed vessel Monday morning.

The ship is named the U.S.N.S. Fall River, for Fall River, Massachusetts.

The wife of the governor of Massachusetts, Diane Bemus Patrick, welded her initials onto a keel plate as sponsor of the ship.

The navy has ordered 10 of the joint high speed vessels.

They are used for logistic support, carrying troops and equipment. Aircraft can even land on them.

They can also operate in shallow areas.

One of the vessels has already been delivered to the navy. Another one, the U.S.N.S. Choctow County will be delivered soon.

A third vessel, the Millinocket, is set to be launched from Austal soon.

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