Austal Limited (Austal) is pleased to announce that Expeditionary Fast Transport 6 (EPF 6) USNS Brunswick, formerly known as Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV 6), has successfully completed US Navy acceptance trials.
The trials, the last significant milestone before delivery, were undertaken in the Gulf of Mexico and involved comprehensive testing of the vessels major systems and equipment by US Navy.
Austal Chief Executive Officer Andrew Bellamy said the consistent performance of the EPFs during acceptance trials is further reflected by the innovative platforms success in deployment with US Navys Military Sealift Command throughout the world.
The mature EPF program has not only achieved outstanding efficiencies during construction – delivering high quality vessels, like USNS Brunswick – but is exceeding expectations as a multi- mission platform, enhancing capability in a variety of challenging operating environments from Africa to Asia and South America, Mr Bellamy said.
After delivery of EPF 6, Austal will deliver a further four Expeditionary Fast Transports from its shipyard at Mobile, Alabama, under a 10-ship, US$1.6 billion contract from the US Navy.
About Austal and General Dynamics Mission Systems
Austal, as prime contractor, is teamed with General Dynamics Mission Systems for the Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF)program. As the ship mission system integrator, General Dynamics designs, integrates and tests the ship's electronic systems including an open architecture computing infrastructure (OPEN CI), internal and external communication, electronic navigation, aviation and armament systems.Learn more here
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