My good friend Tucker Lipscomb invited me aboard the ship he is working on, small world I wasn’t expecting him to be on little creek literally a golf ball drive from my boat.  The USNS Trenton (T-EPF-5) is a Spearhead-class high-speed transport vessel.  She is the 5th vessel made of her kind.  These Spearhead-class ships are used to support overseas operations, conduct humanitarian aid, disaster relief, and support special operation forces.  This type of vessel also has an aviation flight deck and can operate in shallow waters.  This ship was made close to home in Mobile Alabama.  Our nations military is amazing and these men and woman who run these ships will always have my utmost respect and support.  Powered by (4) v20 8,000hp MTU diesels powering 4 jet pumps, similar to what you would have on a jet ski except one of these jet pumps can fill an olympic sized swimming pool in less than 30 seconds.  The ship has a large garage so you can transport vehicles and it is equipped with its own crane on the stern.

Length: 103.0 m (337 ft 11 in)
Beam: 28.5 m (93 ft 6 in)
Draft: 3.83 m (12 ft 7 in)
  • 4 × MTU 20V8000 M71L diesel engines
  • 4 × ZF 60000NR2H reduction gears
Speed: 43 knots (80 km/h; 49 mph)
Troops: 312
Crew: 41
Aircraft carried: Medium helicopter


Tucker took me into the deepest crevasses of USNS Trenton, we spent over 4 hours checking everything out climbing ladder after ladder and seeing tons of beautiful machinery, sea systems and aluminum construction.

This is inside one hull, you can see the driveshafts running to the reduction gear and then going into the JetPumps.  The engine room is beautiful only 500 hours on the mains thus far.


Helo pad with ultra high-speed refueling nozzle


The anchor rode is cable to save weight, apparently steel cable weighs less than chain, you can see the galley and big 350 seat + seating area for the passengers.

Proud to be American

In God We Trust 

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