Austal’s American subsidiary, Austal USA, has delivered its fourth expeditionary fast transport (EPF) ship to the US Navy this year, bringing the total number of EPF vessels delivered by the shipbuilder to 10.
The USNS Burlington (EPF 10) was constructed at Austal’s shipyard in Mobile, Alabama, where two additional Spearhead-class EPFs are under construction.
“Austal takes great pride in sending another EPF to join the Military Sealift Command (MSC) fleet,” Austal CEO, David Singleton, said.
“The success of this milestone achievement is a result of the dedication and hard work of the Austal team.”
103-metre USNS Burlington is an aluminium catamaran capable of transporting 600 tons, 1,200 nautical miles at an average speed of 35 knots, and is designed to operate in austere ports and waterways.
The ship’s flight deck can also support flight operations for a wide variety of manned and unmanned aircraft, including a CH-53 Super Stallion.
The Puerto Rico (EPF 11) launched this week and will now prepare for sea trials and Newport (EPF 12) is being erected in final assembly. Austal also recently received instruction from the Navy to order long lead-time materials for EPF 13.
Austal was awarded the contract for the first EPF vessel in November 2008. The company has so far delivered 10 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.