US Navy exercises contract option for 16th expeditionary fast transport

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The US Navy has exercised a US$230.5 million fixed–priced incentive (firm target) contract option for the detail design and construction of the 16th Spearhead-class Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF) by Austal USA.

EPF 16 will be the third ship constructed by in Flight II configuration, which has enhanced medical and aviation capabilities. Austal said the Flight II ships enhance the original capabilities of the Spearhead-class EPFs through incorporation of reconfigurable spaces for operating and post-surgical recovery efforts.

Construction of EPF 16 will commence later this year with delivery scheduled for 2025.

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