USNS Yuma completes acceptance trials
Acceptance trials for the US Navy's future expeditionary fast transport USNS Yuma (T-EPF 8) are now complete following underway evaluation of the vessel in the Gulf of Mexico.
The vessel has now returned to the Austal USA shipyard after demonstrating the readiness of its equipment and system operations for navy inspectors. The navy has confirmed that the vessel meets all criteria required for final acceptance.
Expeditionary fast transports are versatile vessels designed to operate in shallow-draft ports and waterways. They provide increased operational flexibility for a wide range of missions including manoeuvre and sustainment, relief operations in small or damaged ports, and flexible logistics support.
The vessels can interface with roll-on/roll-off discharge facilities, as well as on-loading/off-loading vehicles. Each vessel includes a flight deck to support day and night aircraft launch and recovery operations.
Cpt Henry Stevens, Strategic and Theater Sealift program manager, Program Executive Office, Ships, said: 'The EPF programme continues to be a successful model of serial ship production.
'The class continues to grow and advance the US Navy, expanding US presence across the maritime theatre. I look forward to seeing EPF 8 deliver this year and the continued success of the programme.'
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