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US Navy receives USNS Yuma

26th April 2017 - 15:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


The eighth Spearhead class Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF) vessel, USNS Yuma, has been delivered to the US Navy, Austal announced on 24 April.

USNS Yuma is a 103m long aluminium military catamaran designed to transport troops, vehicles and cargo up to 1,200 nautical miles at an average speed of 35 knots.

The vessel will operate in austere ports and waterways in addition to deeper waters, providing a high-speed, intra-theatre transport capability. The EPF flight deck can also support flight operations for a wide variety of aircraft, including a CH-53 Super Stallion.

The delivery marks the eighth EPF vessel delivered to the US Navy as part of a programme that will see 12 vessels built in total.

Three Spearhead class EPFs are under construction at Austal's shipyard in Mobile, including the future USNS City of Bismarck (EPF 9), to be christened in May 2017. Modules for Burlington (EPF 10) and Puerto Rico (EPF 11) are currently under construction.

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