United States

Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF)

In November 2008, Austal was awarded a contract to design and construct the first 103-meter Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV) - now known as Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF) - with options for nine additional ships. The current contract is for 14 ships and is valued at over $1.9 billion.

The Spearhead-class EPF provides high-speed, high-payload transport capability to the Combatant Commanders. The EPF's large, open mission deck and large habitability spaces provide the opportunity to conduct a wide range of missions which currently include intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR), UAV mother ship, and command and control missions in addition to engagement and humanitarian assistance/disaster relief missions to the possibility of supporting future missions such as special operations support.  The EPF flight 2 will have enhanced medical capability to provide high-speed medical support to forward-deployed forces. With its ability to access small, minor, and degraded ports with minimal external support, the EPF provides unique options to Fleet and Combatant Commanders.