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The 103 metre ship is capable of transporting 600 short tons up to 1,200 nautical miles at an average speed of 35 knots.

Expeditionary Fast Transport (T-EPF)

The US Navy’s Expeditionary Fast Transport (T-EPF) program is procuring 12 high-speed transport vessels from Austal for the fast, intra-theater transportation of troops, military vehicles and equipment with aviation support.

This customised, non-combatant vessel, designed in Australia and constructed in the USA, leverages Austal’s world-leading commercial passenger vessel design technology to deliver a unique platform that is redefining naval capability. Significant production and financial risks have been avoided by implementing proven technology, ensuring stable requirements, minimizing change and through the relentless pursuit of cost reduction and efficiency. The vessels are being built to American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) High Speed Naval Craft Guide.

The 103 metre T-EPF is capable of transporting 600 short tons up to 1,200 nautical miles at an average speed of 35 knots. The ships can operate in shallow-draft ports and waterways, interface with roll-on/roll-off discharge facilities, and on/off-load a combat-loaded Abrams Main Battle Tank (M1A2).

The EPF includes a flight deck for helicopter operations and an off-load ramp that allows vehicles to quickly drive off the ship. The ramp is suitable for the types of austere piers and quay walls common in developing countries. EPF’s shallow draft further enhances littoral operations and port access. This makes the EPF an extremely flexible asset for support of a wide range of military and other (humanitarian and disaster relief) operations to small or damaged ports.

EPFs have a core crew of 21 people, with airline style seating for more than 312 embarked forces and fixed berthing for 146.

US Military Sealift Command (MSC) operates and sustains the 12 x EPFs ordered by the US Navy, including;

USNS Speahead (T-EPF-1)
USNS Choctaw County (T-EPF-2)
USNS Millinocket (T-EPF-3)
USNS Fall River (T-EPF-4)
USNS Trenton (T-EPF-5)
USNS Brunswick (T-EPF-6)
USNS Carson City (T-EPF-7)
USNS Yuma (T-EPF-8)
USNS City of Bismarck (T-EPF-9)
the future USNS Burlington (T-EPF-10)
the future USNS Puerto Rico (T-EPF-11)
the future USNS Newport (T-EPF-12)

Specification: AUSTAL JHSV


Hull and superstructure – aluminium alloy

Length Overall

103 meters

Beam Overall

28.5 meters


3.83 meters

Hull Form


Deck Area

1,863 sqm

Clear Height

4.75 meters

Turning Diameter

26.2 meters

ISO TEU Stations

6 Interface Panels








4 x MTU 20V8000 M71L Diesel Engines
4 x 9.1 MW

Gear Box

4 X ZF 60000NR2H Reduction Gears


7 days

Water Jets

4 Wartsila WLD 1400 SR

Max Speed

43 knots


Maximum Transit 1200nm
Self-Deployment 5600nm

Aviation Facilities

NAVAIR Level 1 Class 2 Certified Flight Deck for one helicopter
Centreline parking area for one helicopter
NAVAIR Level 1 class 4 Type 2 Certified VERTREP
Helicopter Control Station

Active Ride Control

Transcom Interceptors
Foils: 3.24m2 (34.9ft2) each, forward
on inboard sides of demi-hulls


Articulated Slewing Stern Ramp
Straight aft to 45 Starboard

Telescoping Boom Crane

12.3mt @15m, 18.2 mt @10m
(13.6Lt @ 49.2 ft, 20.1 Lt @ 32.8 ft)

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