Northrop Grumman Delivers USNS Brittin

USNS Brittin (T-AKR 305), the sixth of seven Bob Hope-class strategic sealift ships being built by Northrop Grumman Corporation's Ship Systems sector, was delivered to the U.S. Navy at the company's company's Avondale Operations in New Orleans on July 12.

Participating in the delivery were representatives of the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), the supervisor of shipbuilding, conversion and repair, New Orleans, and Ship Systems officials.

Delivery took place following Brittin's integrated sea trials, which combined the formerly separate builder's and Navy Acceptance Trials into one evolution.

For the first time, Northrop Grumman Ship Systems' New Orleans and Pascagoula, Miss., facilities were utilized for a sea trial. Subsequently, the ship will remain at Avondale for several weeks of crew training before departing for its homeport in Norfolk, Va.

Measuring 950-ft. (289.5 m), the large, medium-speed. RoRo ships, which are among the largest in the Navy's Fleet are designed and constructed with more than 380,000 sq. ft. of cargo capacity and are capable of carrying up to 1,000 military wheeled or tracked vehicles and other cargo.

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