Ship Photos of the Day – USNS Spearhead Returns Home Looking a Little Rough Around the Edges

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May 6, 2016

The U.S. Navy’s USNS Spearhead (T-EFTP 1), crewed by civilian mariners from Military Sealift Command, returns to the Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story in Norfolk, Virginia looking a little rough around the edges but all-in-all in pretty good shape. The return marks the completion of a five-month deployment in support of Africa Partnership Station 2016.

Perhaps someone can educate us as to why the ship is turning green by commenting on social media.

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Here’s is the January 2016 towards the beginning of the deployment:

160108-N-MW990-003 NAVAL STATION ROTA, Spain (Jan. 8, 2016) – USNS Spearhead (T-EPF 1) prepares to dock at Naval Station Rota, Spain Jan. 8, 2016. Spearhead, a Military Sealift Command expeditionary fast transport vessel, is on a scheduled deployment to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations to support the international collaborative capacity-building program Africa Partnership Station. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Michaela Garrison/Released)
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Now here’s the ship pictured in Honduras in September 2014 looking even more green: 

140902-N-XQ474-002 PUERTO CASTILLA, Honduras (Sept. 2, 2014) The Military Sealift Command joint high-speed vessel USNS Spearhead (JHSV 1) departs Puerto Castilla in support of Southern Partnership Station 2014. Southern Partnership Station is a U.S. Navy deployment focused on subject matter expert exchanges with partner nation militaries and security forces. U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet employ maritime forces in cooperative maritime security operations in order to maintain access, enhance interoperability, and build enduring partnerships that foster regional security in the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Andrew Schneider/Released)
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