EPF 11 delivered to US Navy
Austal USA has delivered Expeditionary Fast Transport ship USNS Puerto Rico (EPF 11) to the US Navy at its Mobile, Alabama, shipyard.
The vessel undertook integrated sea trials in August in the Gulf of Mexico.
The 103m aluminium Spearhead-class EPF provides high-payload transport capability to US combatant commanders. The vessel has a large flight deck, open mission bay and habitability spaces, and the ability to access small, austere and degraded ports with minimal external support.
Ten EPFs are currently in service, ready to provide a range of mission services including maritime security operations, humanitarian aid and disaster relief missions. The ship’s flexibility also allows it to support potential future missions such as special operations, command and control, and primary medical operations.
Two additional Spearhead-class EPFs remain under construction at Austal USA’s shipyard. Newport (EPF 12) is in final assembly, while construction recently began on the future USNS Apalachicola (EPF 13).
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