United States
August 4, 2020

Austal USA’s Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF) 12 Successfully Completes Sea Trials, Ready for Delivery

Austal USA and the Navy’s Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF) program successfully completed integrated trials on the future USNS Newport (EPF 12), in the Gulf of Mexico.  The ship is now ready to be delivered to the Navy. 

 “I can’t begin to express how proud I am of the success of our team and this ship,” Austal USA President Craig Perciavalle said.  “The ability to overcome the challenges presented to conduct something as complicated as vessel sea trials in these unprecedented times proves the value of hard work and dedication.”

These trials involved the execution of intense comprehensive tests by the Austal-led industry team while underway, which demonstrated to the Navy the successful operation of the ship’s major systems and equipment.  Sea trials are the last milestone before delivery of the ship. Newport is slated for delivery to the U.S. Navy later this summer and is the twelfth ship in Austal USA’s growing 14-ship portfolio.

“We’re proud of the contributions these ships are making to maritime operations around the world,” stated Perciavalle.  “From serving as a mother ship to test drones in the Atlantic to providing humanitarian assistance and participating in global military training exercises enhancing the lifestyle and naval capabilities of third world nations, the EPF fleet is proving to be a great asset to our future 355-ship Navy.”

Austal USA has delivered eleven EPFs and has two more under construction, including EPF 12, at the Mobile, Ala. facility.  The 338-ft Spearhead-class EPF is currently providing high-speed, high-payload transport capability to fleet and combatant commanders.  The EPF’s large, open mission deck and large habitability spaces provide the opportunity to conduct a wide range of missions from engagement and humanitarian assistance or disaster relief missions being conducted today, to the possibility of supporting a range of future missions including special operations support, command and control, and medical support operations.  With its ability to access austere and degraded ports with minimal external assistance, the EPF provides unique options to fleet and combatant commanders.

In addition to the EPF program, Austal has also received contracts for 19 Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) for the U.S. Navy.  Twelve LCS have been delivered with an additional five ships in various stages of construction.

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