Army to station high-speed vessels to Guam
Thursday, 04 February 2010 02:50
by Tiffany Sukola | Variety News Staff
GUAM is one of the locations where the U.S. Army wants to station and operate 12 Joint High Speed Vessels.
Military officials are asking government agencies as well as island residents to provide feedback before drafting a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for the stationing of the vessels.
A joint project between the Army and Navy, the vessels are small, high-speed ships that can carry troops, vehicles and supplies among the world’s waterways. Each vessel can carry about 600 short tons and travel at an average speed of 35 knots.
The Army is considering stationing at least 12 of these vessels at various ports including Virginia, San Diego, Seattle-Tacoma, Pearl Harbor and Guam. Additional ports around the world are also being considered to hold the high-speed crafts.
Comments identifying environmental issues and concerns regarding the presence and operation of the high speed vessels will be accepted until March 5.
A published advertisement said the copy of the Army’s notice of intent was posted on www.aec.army.mil, but Variety’s attempt to find the link failed.