USNS Newport, the 12th Spearhead-class expeditionary fast transport (EPF), has been handed over to the US Navy by Austal USA.
The vessel is a 103-metre high-speed aluminium catamaran with a large, 1,800-square-metre cargo deck, a medium-lift helicopter deck, and seating for 300 embarked troops.
As with its Spearhead-class sisters, Newport is also capable of performing humanitarian aid and disaster relief (HADR) duties, command and control, and special warfare support missions.
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