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EPF Burlington completes acceptance trials

8th August 2018 - 12:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The US Navy’s tenth Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF) vessel Burlington has successfully completed acceptance trials in the Gulf of Mexico, NAVSEA announced on 3 August.

During evaluation, the ship demonstrated the readiness of its equipment and systems for operations, both dockside and underway, for the navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey.

The ship returned to the Austal USA shipyard and will now begin preparations for delivery to the navy later in 2018.

EPFs are non-combatant, versatile vessels designed to operate in shallow-draft ports and waterways, increasing operational flexibility for a wide range of operations including manoeuvre and sustainment, relief operations in small or damaged ports, flexible logistics support or as the key enabler for rapid transport.

The ships are capable of interfacing with roll-on/roll-off discharge facilities, as well as on/off-loading vehicles such as a fully combat-loaded Abrams main battle tank. Each vessel includes a flight deck to support day and night aircraft launch and recovery operations.

Burlington will have seating for 312 embarked forces with fixed berthing for 104 troops.

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