JHSV program gets new name and another $53.4 million

This vessel was JHSV 6 when it rolled out of Austal USA's covered building facility earlier this year. Now it's EPF 6 This vessel was JHSV 6 when it rolled out of Austal USA's covered building facility earlier this year. Now it's EPF 6

OCTOBER 28, 2015 – The Navy's Joint High Speed Vessel is getting a new name and shipbuilder Austal USA, Mobile, AL, is getting $78,395 for procurement of long-lead-time material and initial engineering support for the next vessel in the program, which is now Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF) 11 (formerly Joint High Speed Vessel 11).

 

The new name for the series is part of a change in ship type designators that began back in January when Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced that the next flight of "frigatized" Littoral Combat Ships would get the FF, or frigate, designator.

Last month, the secretary brought in a new E designator that, in addition to see the Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV) become the Expeditionary Fast Transport, or EPF, sees the Mobile Landing Platform (MLP) become the Expeditionary Transfer Dock, or ESD; and the Afloat Forward Staging Base (AFSB) variant of the MLP become the Expeditionary Mobile Base, or ESB.

The EPF will provide high speed, shallow draft transportation capability to support the intra-theater maneuver of personnel, supplies and equipment for the Navy, Marine Corps, and Army.

Austal's new contract action allows the procurement of ship sets for the specifications supporting integrated propulsion, main diesel generator engines, propeller and shafting, integrated bridge and voice communications.

Fiscal 2015 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy) funding in the amount of $26,739,198 is being obligated at time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.

The contract was not competitively procured in accordance with U.S. Code 2304(c)(1) - only one responsible source and no other supplies or services will satisfy agency requirements.
The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, DC, is the contracting activity (N00024-16-C-2217).

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