US Navy orders two more EPF vessels
The amount includes previously announced contracts for long-lead materials.
The two vessels, EPF 11 and EPF 12, will join the seven EPFs already delivered by, and three EPFs currently under construction with, Austal. A total of five vessels are currently deployed by the United States Military Sealift Command (USMSC).
The EPF is a 103m catamaran designed to provide a naval support capability to transport troops, vehicles and cargo quickly and efficiently. With 35 knot speed, a large 1800sqm cargo deck, medium-lift helicopter deck and seating for over 300 embarked troops, the ship can support a variety of operations, including military and civilian logistics missions, humanitarian and disaster relief missions and other maritime law enforcement activities.
David Singleton, chief executive officer, Austal, said: ‘This new order for a further two EPF reflect the US Navy’s continued confidence and investment in a proven product. The EPF is a unique vessel that is re-defining naval sealift capability and exceeding expectations in various military and civilian operations around the world.’
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