|Expeditionary Fast Transport 7 (T-EPF 7), USNS Carson City during Acceptance Trials in the Gulf of Mexico. Austal photo.|
June 7, 2016 - Austal Limited is pleased to announce that Expeditionary Fast Transport 7 (T-EPF 7), USNS Carson City has successfully completed U.S. Navy acceptance trials.
The trials, the last significant milestone before delivery, were undertaken in the Gulf of Mexico and involved comprehensive testing of the vessel’s major systems and equipment by the U.S. Navy.
“This is further evidence of the level of maturity that the EPF program has reached,” David Singleton, CEO of Austal, said. “The U.S. Navy’s acceptance of our seventh EPF is a significant milestone for Austal, as the innovative platform continues to gain attention and praise from forward deployment around the world. The growing EPF fleet is adding great value to both U.S. Navy and Military Sealift Command operations and with the unique ability to transport troops, vehicles, equipment and cargo quickly and cost effectively, is truly redefining naval capability.”After delivery of T-EPF 7 later this year, Austal will deliver a further three expeditionary fast transport vessels from its shipyard in Mobile, Alabama, under a US$1.6 billion, 10-ship block-buy contract with the U.S. Navy. Final assembly is well underway on Yuma (EPF 8) and modules for City of Bismarck (EPF 9) are under construction in Austal’s module manufacturing facility.