USNS Trenton

United States Navy Ship Trenton to visit
2015 Connecticut Maritime Heritage Festival

Joint High Speed Vessel to Dock at Fort Trumbull; Civilian Crew Hopes to Cook-Up Winning Recipe in the Great New London Chowder Challenge

NEW LONDON, Conn. (September 2, 2015) – The Connecticut Maritime Heritage Festival is pleased to announce USNS Trenton will participate in this year’s annual celebration, which takes place Sept. 10 – 12 in the historic city of New London.

Trenton, a 338 foot-long aluminum catamaran designed for speed, flexibility and maneuverability, will arrive at Fort Trumbull on the morning of Thursday September 10th. The ship will be open for free public tours on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“Our Navy is excited to be a part of Connecticut’s annual maritime celebration,” said Rear Admiral Thomas K. Shannon, commander of Military Sealift Command, to which USNS Trenton is assigned. “We look forward to greeting the people of Connecticut, hosting tours on board our ship and telling the story of this fine Navy vessel and her mariners.”

USNS Trenton is the fifth of 11 Navy Joint High Speed Vessels planned for Military Sealift Command, having been delivered to the Navy one year ago. JHSVs are designed for rapid intra-theater transport and military equipment.

The reconfigurable 20,000-square-foot mission bay area can be quickly adapted to support a number of different missions – anything from carrying containerized portable hospitals to support disaster relief to transporting tanks and troops. Trenton’s crew of 22 civil service mariners works for MSC, which operates, navigates and maintains the vessel.

The crew of Trenton will also be joining the friendly competition in this year’s Great New London Chowder Challenge. A top-secret chowder recipe is in the works, one that should give the chowder chefs on board US Coast Guard Cutter Ida Lewis, to be docked next to Trenton during the Festival, and more than 20 downtown participating restaurants, a run for their money.

“We look forward to serving the public our special chowder, and we’re confident we are in the hunt for a top prize,” said Shannon. “We want to make sure everyone who makes the trip out to Fort Trumbull on Saturday gets a taste of Trenton’s special sauce.”

The Festival is the wrap-up event in Connecticut’s Coast Guard Summer 2015, and will be co-chaired by Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman and ADM Robert J. Papp, USCG (Ret.), 24th Commandant of the United States Coast Guard and now member of the Board of Directors of the National Coast Guard Museum Association.

Festival highlights also include the arrival of and visits on board the Oliver Hazard Perry, Rhode Island’s official Tall Ship, an elegant Captain’s Ball honoring University of Connecticut President Susan Herbst and six US Coast Guard “Every Day Heroes”, a lighted boat parade, a schooner race, educational programs for schoolchildren, a juried maritime art show on the pier at Waterfront Park and whaleboat races on the Thames.