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Burlington completes builder's trials

6th July 2018 - 15:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The US Navy's tenth Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF) vessel, Burlington, has successfully completed builder's trials.

The ship began the week of builder's trials at dockside at the Austal USA Shipyard in Mobile, Alabama, where it engaged in pierside dock trials to demonstrate equipment and system operation including fire protection equipment.

The ship then underwent various underway tests to demonstrate its readiness including calibration of communication and navigational systems, ship propulsion, ride control and anchor handling.

Manoeuvrability trials then tested the vessel's four steerable water jets while a series of high-speed turns demonstrated the stability and agility of the EPF catamaran hull form.

Acceptance trials - which include the navy's Board of Inspection and Survey inspection and evaluation of the ship to certify its readiness for delivery - are scheduled to begin in late July.  

EPFs are versatile, 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 or as the key enabler for rapid transport. 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.

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