6th June 2013.
Announcement made that the 9th and penultimate US JHSV will be named
USNS Bismarck JHSV-9
Build awarded to Austal USA, Mobile, Alabama.
Original contract awarded 24th Feb 2012.
Original intended name Sacrifice, prior to transfer from army to navy.
Bismarck is the capital city of North Dakota, as such since 1889,
founded in 1872, not as Bismarck, population approx 65,000.
She will be the first US naval vessel to honour (honor) the city.
A full broadside. The traditional English salute.