Austal USA Hosts Keel Laying for Navy’s Future USNS Newport EPF

Austal USA hosted a keel laying and authentication ceremony for the U.S. Navy’s future USNS Newport expeditionary fast transport vessel at the firm’s Mobile, Ala. shipyard, the Navy said Wednesday.

\n\n

The service branch’s 12th EPF is a non-combatant ship intended for missions such as humanitarian assistance, disaster relief, overseas contingency operations, joint activities and special operations support. EPF 12 is designed to load vehicles such as Abrams main battle tanks and maneuver through waterways and shallow draft ports. The vessel is also fitted with a flight deck and can carry 600 short tons through 1,200 nautical miles at a speed of 35 knots.

Austal USA is constructing future USNS Puerto Rico (EPF 11), and is under contract with the Navy to produce long-lead-time materials for EPFs 13 and 14.

You may also be interested in...

Bill Monet

Akima Named To Bloomberg Government’s BGOV200 List; CEO Bill Monet Quoted

Akima announced on Tuesday that the company has been named number 63 out of 200 federal contractors on Bloomberg Government's tenth annual BGOV200 list. According to the fiscal year 2020 data for unclassified, prime contracts awarded across all U.S. federal government agencies, Akima has $1.1 billion in prime federal contracts.