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USNS BRITTIN is the sixth BOB HOPE - class large, medium-speed, roll-on/roll-off ship (LMSR) and the first ship in the Navy named after Army Sgt. 1st Class Nelson V. Brittin.
|General Characteristics:||Awarded: November 14, 1997|
|Keel laid: May 3, 1999|
|Launched: November 11, 2000|
|Delivered: July 11, 2002|
|Builder: Avondale Shipyards, New Orleans, LA|
|Propulsion system: 4 Colt Pielstick 10 PC4.2 V diesels|
|Length: 951.4 feet (290 meters)|
|Beam: 106 feet (32.3 meters)|
|Draft: 34.8 feet (10.6 meters)|
|Displacement: approx. 62,070 tons full load|
|Speed: 24 knots|
|Aircraft: helicopter landing area only|
|Capacity: 380,000 sq. ft.|
|Crew: 26 civilian crew (up to 45); up to 50 active duty|
|Homeport: not assigned|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USNS BRITTIN. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
About the Ship's Name:
USNS BRITTIN is named in honor of Army Sgt. 1st Class Nelson V. Brittin, a Korean War Medal of Honor recipient who distinguished himself as a member of Company I in Yonggong-ni, Korea, March 7, 1951.
Sfc. Brittin, a member of Company I, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action. Volunteering to lead his squad up a hill, with meager cover against murderous fire from the enemy, he ordered his squad to give him support and, in the face of withering fire and bursting shells, he tossed a grenade at the nearest enemy position. On returning to his squad, he was knocked down and wounded by an enemy grenade. Refusing medical attention, he replenished his supply of grenades and returned, hurling grenades into hostile positions and shooting the enemy as they fled. When his weapon jammed, he leaped without hesitation into a foxhole and killed the occupants with his bayonet and the butt of his rifle. He continued to wipe out foxholes and, noting that his squad had been pinned down, he rushed to the rear of a machinegun position, threw a grenade into the nest, and ran around to its front, where he killed all 3 occupants with his rifle. Less than 100 yards up the hill, his squad again came under vicious fire from another camouflaged, sandbagged, machinegun nest well-flanked by supporting riflemen. Sfc. Brittin again charged this new position in an aggressive endeavor to silence this remaining obstacle and ran direct into a burst of automatic fire which killed him instantly. In his sustained and driving action, he had killed 20 enemy soldiers and destroyed 4 automatic weapons. The conspicuous courage, consummate valor, and noble self-sacrifice displayed by Sfc. Brittin enabled his inspired company to attain its objective and reflect the highest glory on himself and the heroic traditions of the military service.
USNS BRITTIN Image Gallery:
The photos below were taken by me and show the BRITTIN at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Wash., on March 14, 2010.
The photos below were taken by me and show the BRITTIN at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Wash., on May 12, 2012.
The photos below were taken by Michael Jenning and show the BRITTIN at Naval Base Norfolk, Va., on September 21, 2018.