The Navy has approved a “Friends and Family” cruise on board USNS CITY OF BISMARCK (T-EPF-9) for Saturday, April 7th, from the Naval Base in Norfolk, Virginia. We are working on a tour of other Navy ships on Friday, April 6th. Details will follow as soon as possible, but if you want to go with us put this on your calendar.
Your USNS City of Bismarck Committee has provided Plank Owner plaques to all 26 members of the crew of USNS CITY OF BISMARCK from the “People of Bismarck” to their ship. Bill Townsend of Dakota Awards shipped the plaques as well as a large plaque with all of the names to be mounted permanently in the ship. This is the permanent plaque and below it is a sample of a plaque given to each crew member who was part of the crew when it was accepted by the Navy on December 19, 2017.
Here are several photos of the USNS SPEARHEAD (T-EPF-1) which show the capabilities of the EPF vessels. This photo nicely the catamaran hull.
The helo deck can take even the largest Navy helicopter.
This shows the ramp operation for driving vehicles on and off the ship. These vessels at NOT warships, hence their civilian merchant marine crew and the fact that can only operate out of secured ports.
This cut away view shows the mission bay as the lowest level of the ship. Above that is the passenger area which can hold 312 passengers in airline type seating with a galley and mess decks plus sleeping accommodations for about 150 people. The top deck has the helo deck aft and the bridge forward with the crew quarters aft of the bridge.
This is the crest of USNS CITY OF BISMARCK (T-EPF-9). The link below details its symbolism. All military crests are created and controlled by the Army Office of Heraldry. We submitted several suggestions for elements to be included, but the one thing I definitely requested was NOT to use Latin. So what did we get? We got a Latin motto…….
For the delivery of IUSNS CITY OF BISMARCK to the Navy Second Officer Patricia Evenson was given the authorization by the Navy to accept the delivery of our ship. This honor given to her had special meaning as she is a 2010 graduate of Bismarck’s Century High School and a native of Bismarck. She graduated from the United States Merchant Academy in 2014 and is serving for six years in the merchant marine service. She is also a Lieutenant (Junior Grade) in the Navy Reserve. She is shown on the left.
Patricia Evenson is seen being congratulated on accepting the delivery of our ship. In the background is our ship’s Chief Engineer Clarence Vick.
A very happy Captain James Regan is shown with his wife and son after taking over command of his ship!
The sponsor of USNS CITY OF BISMARCK is the Honorable Jane Harman a former United States Representative from California who is the head of the Woodrow Wilson Institute. Here are photos of her during the christening ceremony held underneath the ship in the assembly hangar at the AUSTAL USA shipyard.
Here Ms. Harman is being acknowledged.
She did a terrific job of christening our ship!
Everyone sheered her “smashing success!”
The platform dignitaries posed for a photo.
Captain James Regan and our sponsor Jane Harman cutting the cake.
Bismarck Mayor Mike Seminary brought greetings from the people of Bismarck.
Our Bismarck delegation posing for a photo in passenger are of our ship. Front row L to R: Megan Seminary, Susan Wefald, Deb Seminary, Commissioner Nancy Guy. Back row L to R: Bob Wefald, Chairman of our USNS City of Bismarck Committee, Greg Stites, Mayor Mike Semiary
We enjoyed a complete tour of our ship!
The Keel Laying ceremony for USNS CITY OF BISMARCK was held on January 18, 2017, at the AUSTA USA shipyard in the hangar where the ship was being assembled. USNS City of Bismarck Committee Chairman Bob Wefald was given the honor of authenticating the “Keel.” In a “Keel Laying” ceremony the authenticator’s initials are welded onto a metal plate which is then installed on the ship.
The ceremony was held under the stern of the ship.
The authenticator of the keel was called on to make a few remarks.
An AUSTAL USA welder welded the authenticator’s initials onto a metal plate.
A group photo was taken at the end of the ceremony with the welder on the right.
The metal plate is now installed on the third deck of the ship.