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Austal USA details new Emergency Medical Ship design

24th September 2021 - 14:45 GMT | by Harry Lye in London


Rendering of Austal USA’s Emergency Medical Ship (EMS). (Photo: Austal USA)

With its Emergency Medical Ship design, Austal claims to have hit the sweet spot between cost and capability.

Austal USA has developed a self-funded design for an Emergency Medical Ship (EMS) derived from its Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF) design, after taking a clean-sheet look at what a modern medical ship capability would require.

Describing the origin of EMS to Shephard, Austal USA VP for business development and external affairs, Larry Ryder, said: 'We've been looking for several years at the need for a replacement for the current hospital ships that the US Navy has, the Comfort and the Mercy TAH's.

'They're old ships, they've been around for a while, they're steam plants, they're slow, and they're expensive to …

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