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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

US Navy Orders Materials for EPF 13

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October 19, 2018

Spearhead-class expeditionary fast transport ship USNS Carson City (T-EPF 7) pier side in Constanta, Romania, in August 2018. (U.S. Navy photo by Kyle Steckler)

Spearhead-class expeditionary fast transport ship USNS Carson City (T-EPF 7) pier side in Constanta, Romania, in August 2018. (U.S. Navy photo by Kyle Steckler)

The U.S. Navy has awarded Austal an undefinitized contract action (UCA), valued at $57.8 million, to fund the acquisition of long lead-time material (LLTM) and production engineering associated with the construction of a 103-meter Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF) to be designated EPF 13.

Austal was awarded the initial contract to design and build the first 103-meter EPF in November 2008. Since then, nine Spearhead-class EPFs have been delivered and are serving as an affordable solution to fulfilling the Military Sealift Command’s requirements worldwide. Three more EPFs are under construction.

Long lead-time material for the additional vessel will include diesel engines, water jets and reduction gears.

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