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Austal receives EPF 12 long-lead contract

6th May 2016 - 11:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Austal has been awarded an $18.5 million contract by the US Navy to procure long-lead materials for the 12th Spearhead-class Expeditionary Fast Transport vessel (EPF 12), it announced on 5 May.

The contract will see Austal procure water jets, main propulsion engines, stern ramp and other materials to support the construction and detail design of EPF 12.

The company is building ten of the 103m EPF vessels under a $1.6 billion contract, of which six have been delivered. The remainder are currently under construction. Austal has already been tasked with procuring long-lead materials for EPF 11 under a separate contract from the navy.

David Singleton, CEO, Austal, said: 'This award is a clear indication from the US Navy that they value the platform and stand committed to the programme. Our delivered EPFs have achieved operational success around the world and this announcement is a crucial step to growing the fleet to 12 ships and potentially beyond.'

The EPFs are used for intra-theatre transport of military equipment, vehicles and troops. The vessels can transport 600 short tons across 1,200nm at an average speed of 35kts. They can operate in shallow-draft ports and waterways, communicate with roll-on/roll-off discharge facilities, and on/off-load a combat-loaded M1A2 Abrams main battle tank.

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