ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Last week Naval Sea Systems Command won Pentagon approval to develop a mine countermeasure unmanned surface vehicle as part of the Navy’s ongoing effort to replace its aging MCM infrastructure. Read More
Tag Archives: Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF)
USNS Carson City Conducts First-Ever Black Sea Operation by an Expeditionary Fast Transport
Expeditionary Fast Transport ship USNS Carson City (T-EPF-7) transited the Bosphorus Strait and entered the Black Sea last week, a first for the entire class of Military Sealift Command-operated ships. Read More
Austal USA Considering the Future of the EPF Design
As Austal USA prepares to negotiate the contract for the final planned expeditionary fast transport (EPF) vessel, the shipbuilder is actively exploring how to keep the production line hot by pitching the hull as a solution for other Navy needs, such as providing medical services in austere coastal environments.
Expeditionary Fast Transport USNS Burlington Completes Builders Trials
The Navy’s next expeditionary fast transport vessel, the future USNS Burlington (EPF-10), completed builders trials at the Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, Ala., and in the Gulf of Mexico.
USNS Carson City Proves EPFs Can Conduct MCM Work, Handle Harsh North Atlantic Weather
The Navy continues to expand its uses for the Expeditionary Fast Transport class of ships, as USNS Carson City (T-EPF-7) last month conducted the first high-latitude operations and the first mine countermeasures mission for the ship class. Read More
Price Hikes, Production Delays Mark Navy Shipbuilding for Past Decade
Navy shipbuilding has been plagued for the last decade by programs running over-budget and underperforming once completed, according to a new government report, resulting in a smaller fleet than previously planned.
Navy Considering Command Ship Mission for EPFs In Western Pacific
KUALA LUMPUR — The U.S. Navy’s Logistics Group Western Pacific/Task Force 73 is looking at new ways of using the Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF) ships for operations in the Indo-Pacific, task force commander Rear Adm. Don Gabrielson told USNI News in a recent interview. Read More
Ninth Expeditionary Fast Transport, USNS City of Bismarck, Delivers to Navy
The Navy this week accepted delivery of USNS City of Bismarck (EPF-9), the ninth of 12 contracted expeditionary fast transport (EPF) ships. Read More
SECNAV Memo: Navy Won’t Reactivate Perry Frigates for SOUTHCOM Mission; Will Send Ships to Fight Drug War in 2018
The Navy won’t reactivate any Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigates in support of operations in U.S. Southern Command, according to an internal service memo obtained by USNI News. Read More
Navy, Marines Ponder Alternative Platforms’ Role as First ESB Now Operating in 5th Fleet
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The Navy and Marine Corps are committed to using alternative platforms to move Marines around at sea, but there are still decisions yet to be made about how to maximize these ships’ effectiveness and minimize risk while operating independently or as part of a strike group. Read More