Austal USA has been awarded a US$57.8 million (AUD$81 million) order to fund the procurement of long lead-time materials for the construction of a 103-metre Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF) vessel, the thirteenth ordered by the US navy from Austal.
The long lead-time materials for the additional vessel will include diesel engines, water jets and reduction gears.
Austal was awarded the contract for the first EPF vessel in November 2008. The company has so far delivered 9 of the vessels to the US Navy. Three more EPFs are currently under construction at Austal’s US shipyard in Mobile, Alabama.
The EPF is a high speed, shallow draft catamaran, designed for rapid intra-theatre transport of troops and cargo. Reaching rapid speeds of 35+ knots allows the EPF to be used for rapid deployment of conventional and special-forces with their equipment and supplies.
Last month, Austal was awarded construction contracts by the US Navy to build two additional Independence class Littoral Combat Ships (LCS), the sixteenth and seventeenth ships in the class to be delivered by Austal.
Austal USA employs 4,000 people at its headquarters and ship building facility in Mobile while its supplier network includes more than 2,200 businesses across 43 States.