Keel authenticated for US Navy’s 12th EPF
Construction of the US Navy's 12th Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF) vessel has begun at Austal USA’s shipyard in Mobile, Alabama, on 29 January.
EPFs are non-combatant vessels designed to operate in shallow-draft ports and waterways, increasing operational flexibility for a wide range of activities including manoeuvre and sustainment, relief operations in small or damaged ports, flexible logistics support and rapid transport.
The ships are capable of transporting 600 short tonnes of military cargo 1,200 nautical miles at an average speed of 35kt. The vessels 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.
Austal USA delivered USNS Burlington (EPF 10) to the navy in November 2018 and is currently in production on Puerto Rico (EPF 11), which was christened in November 2018. The navy issued Austal long-lead-time material contracts in late 2018 for EPF 13 and EPF 14.
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