Austal USA was awarded a $53.4million contract to procure long-lead materials for the 11th Expeditionary Fast Transport for the U.S. Navy.
The award covers materials includingmain propulsion engines, generators, water jets, main reduction gears, and other long-lead time items.
“We are excited that the Navy is building on the momentum and the maturity of the original contract and extending it beyond the first ten ships,” said Austal USA President Craig Perciavalle. “We look forward to building on Austal’s relationship with the U.S. Navy by continuing to provide quality, value and capability in our ships.”
Austal’sEPF program is steadily maturing with five ships delivered and three more under construction at its Mobile, Ala. facility. The 338-ft Spearhead-class EPF is currently providing high-speed, high-payload transport capability to fleet andcombatant commanders.
Austal was awarded a $1.6 billion 10-ship block buy contract in November 2008that initiated construction of the Navy’s JHSV program.
“Due to the level of maturity this program has reached, and the efficiency of our material procurement to date, we have earned the Navy’s confidence to make this award,” said Perciavalle.“This is a testament to thehard work of Austal’s awesome employees building incredible ships.”
The EPF’s large, open mission deck and large habitability spaces provide the opportunity to conducta wide range of missions – from engagement and humanitarian assistance or disaster relief missions being conductedtoday to the possibility of supporting a range of future missions includingspecial operations support, command and control,and medical support operations. With its ability to access austere and degraded ports withminimal external assistance, the EPF provides unique options to fleet and combatant commanders.To date EPFs have been deployed to the EUCOM, AFRICOM, SOUTHCOM and PACOM areas of responsibility.
In addition to the EPF program, Austal is also building10 Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) for the U.S. Navy under a $3.5 billion block-buy contract. Three LCS have been delivered while an additional six are in various stages of construction.
Source: Austal Ltd.
Date: Oct 29, 2015