Austal Starts Construction of U.S. Navy’s 13th Expeditionary Fast Transport Vessel, USNS Apalachicola

Austal USA has started the construction of U.S. Navy’s 13th Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF) vessel, the future USNS Apalachicola (T-EPF-13), on August 19.

The start of construction was marked by the first cut of metal event held at Austal’s facility in Mobile, Alabama.

Once commissioned, the future USNS Apalachicola (T-EPF-13) will be operated by the Navy’s Military Sealift Command. She will be the second ship in naval service named after Apalachicola, Florida.

EPFs are versatile, non-combatant, transport ships that are being used for high-speed transportation of troops, military vehicles, and equipment. The vessels support a variety of missions including overseas contingency operations, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, support of special operations forces, theater security cooperation activities and emerging joint sea-basing concepts.

EPFs are capable of transporting 600 short tons 1,200 nautical miles at an average speed of 35 knots. Each vessel includes a flight deck to support day and night aircraft launch and recovery operations. The ships are capable of interfacing with roll-on/roll-off discharge facilities, as well as on/off-loading vehicles such as a fully combat-loaded Abrams Main Battle Tank.



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