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US Navy receives Burlington EPF

20th November 2018 - 13:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The US Navy accepted delivery of its tenth Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF) vessel, Burlington, from Austal USA on 15 November 2018.

The delivery of the vessel follows the successful completion of its acceptance trials in August in the Gulf of Mexico. During trials, the ship demonstrated the readiness of its equipment and systems for operations, both dockside and underway.

The non-combatant, versatile EPFs 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.

The vessels have been 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.

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

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