The U.S. Navy’s newest vessel
- February 26, 2018
The U.S. Navy’s newest vessel was christened at Austal’s state-of-the-art shipbuilding facility in Mobile on February 24.
The 338 ft x 93 ft EPF has a draft of 13 feet, with a displacement of 2,460 tons. She will have a complement of 22, with a troop capacity of 312. With an all-aluminum shallow-draft hull, the EPF is a commercial-based catamaran capable of intra-theater personnel and cargo lift providing combatant commanders high-speed sealift mobility with inherent cargo handling capability and agility to achieve positional advantage over operational distances.
EPF class ships are designed to transport 600 short tons of military cargo, 1,200 nautical miles, at an average speed of 35 knots. The ship is capable of operating in shallow-draft ports and waterways, interfacing with roll-on/roll-off discharge facilities and on/off-loading a combat-loaded Abrams main battle tank (M1A2).