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NEWS | Jan. 19, 2016

Navy Accepts Delivery of USNS Brunswick (EPF 6)

By Team Ships Public Affairs

MOBILE, Ala. - The Navy accepted delivery of the USNS Brunswick (EPF 6) Jan. 14. 


The ship, constructed by Austal USA, is the sixth ship of the Expeditionary Fast Transport class. EPFs are versatile, non-combatant, transport ships that will be used for high-speed mobility and transportation of troops, military vehicles, and equipment. EPFs employ an all-aluminum catamaran design built largely to commercial standards, with modifications for military use.


"This program is in full rate production and we're excited to deliver another extremely capable platform to our Fleet," said Capt. Henry Stevens, Strategic and Theater Sealift Program Manager, Program Executive Office, Ships.  "The delivery of each ship is always a significant achievement and is the culmination of a tremendous effort by both our Navy and industry led teams." 


Brunswick and other ships of the EPF class are capable of operating in shallow-draft ports and waterways, interfacing with roll-on/roll-off discharge facilities, and on/off-loading a combat-loaded Abrams Main Battle Tank. The EPFs include a flight deck for helicopter operations and an off-load ramp that allows vehicles to quickly drive off the ship.


Brunswick will be owned and operated by the U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command. USNS Carson City (EPF 7) plans to launch later this month with delivery planned later this year.  Austal is also under contract for the construction of EPFs 8-10 and materials to support the construction of EPF 11.


As one of the Defense Department's largest acquisition organizations, PEO Ships is responsible for executing the development and procurement of all destroyers, amphibious ships, special mission and support ships, and special warfare craft.