Austal USA will be building two new Expediatory Fast Transport ships (EPF) for the U.S Navy after being awarded a $326 million contract.
Austal already has a fully-funded EPF 10-ship block-buy agreement, but this would expand that to a 12 ship program, valued at $1.9 billion.
“We’re excited by not only the U.S. Navy’s commitment to this program but also by the number of diverse missions our delivered EPF ships continue to execute,” Austal USA President Craig Perciavalle said. “These ships were designed to be a force multiplier and to bring a unique capability to the fleet ̶ they’re doing just that. The possible uses of the EPF are endless.”
Austal has already delivered seven EPF ships to the Navy with three more ships currently under construction in Mobile.
“I’m exceptionally proud of the work the Austal team has put into making this program what it is today,” Perciavalle said. “We have a tremendous amount of momentum with the Navy and this program, and we’ll leverage that momentum as we continue to provide highly capable and cost-effective ships to our Great Navy.”
Friday morning, Austal’s 8th ship, the USNS Yuma, was shifted out of the final assembly bay and over to a dry dock. The multi-hour transport was captured on our News 5 skycam that overlooks the port.
The USNS Yuma had its keel-laying ceremony back in March.