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The United States Navy has christened its new high-speed transport vessel, the future USNS Guam (T-HST 1), during a ceremony on Saturday in Okinawa, Japan.
USNS Guam is named to honor the long historical and military relationship between Guam and the United States. She will be the fourth ship with the name of Guam.
The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Korea, Harry B. Harris Jr. was the keynote speaker, and Mrs. Bruni Bradley, veteran of the Navy for 25 years and wife of Harris, is the sponsor ship’s. In a naval tradition of long tradition, he baptized the ship by breaking a bottle of sparkling wine in the bow.
“This boat pays tribute to the island of Guam and the important contributions that the Guamanians have made to our nation and our Navy and Marine Corps team,” said Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer. “Over the next few decades, the USNS Guam and its crew will continue the Guamanian tradition of service by providing our commanders with the much-needed mobility and agility of high-speed transport.”
Long before Guam joined the US UU As a territory, the island had a military relationship with the United States. The historical and military relationship between Guam and the US UU began in 1898 when the USA UU they acquired the island of Spain as a result of the Treaty of Paris that put an end to the Spanish-American War. Shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Japanese captured Guam and occupied it until US troops resumed the island on July 21, 1944, which is commemorated each year in Guam as the “Day of Liberation.” Guam continues to host many critical US military installations.
USNS Guam is an aluminum catamaran designed to be fast, flexible and maneuverable, even in austere port conditions, which makes it ideal for transporting troops and equipment quickly. The Bay Area of the 25,000-square-foot USNS Guam mission can be quickly reconfigured for any load requirement, from disaster assistance to troop and equipment transportation.
The ship is preceded in service by patrolman USS Guam (PG 43), which was renamed Wake in 1941 and was captured by the Japanese that same year, the large cruiser USS Guam (CB 2) of the Alaska class in service 1944 -1947 and the amphibious assault ship of class Iwo Jima USS Guam (LPH 9) in service 1965-1998.
Source: Israel Noticias