USNS Spearhead to deploy Wednesday

The USNS Spearhead prepares to dock at Naval Station Rota, Spain. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Michaela Garrison/Released)

The USNS Spearhead prepares to dock at Naval Station Rota, Spain. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Michaela Garrison/Released)

NORFOLK, Va. – The Navy’s first Expeditionary Fast Transport vessel USNS Spearhead (T-EPT-1) will depart from Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek – Fort Story on Wednesday on a scheduled deployment to the U.S. Fourth Fleet’s area of operations.

On her third deployment, the USNS Spearhead and its crew of nearly 100 U.S. Navy Sailors and civil service mariners will support the multinational capacity-building exercise UNITAS 2016.

Spearhead will be commanded by civilian master Captain Patrick Mullaney and Navy commander Captain Angel Cruz.

Navy ships, aircraft and personnel form nine countries will participate in the annual UNITAS 16 maritime exercise from 18 to 28 September, in the Southern Pacific and Atlantic Oceans and associated areas.