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Austal hosts EPF 7 christening ceremony

JANUARY 16, 2016 — Shipbuilder Austal celebrated the christening of Expeditionary Fast Transport USNS Carson City (EPF 7) with a ceremony this morning at its Mobile, AL, shipyard. USNS Carson City is

JHSV program gets new name and another $53.4 million


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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Austal launches JHSV 5

OCTOBER 1, 2014 — Austal USA yesterday launched JHSV 5, the future USNS Trenton from its shipyard. “The JHSV program is benefitting from serial production,” said Capt. Henry Stevens, Strategic and Theater

Austal lays keel of JHSV 5

MARCH 12, 2014 — Austal USA laid the keel of Trenton (JHSV 5), the fifth of ten Joint High Speed Vessels (JHSV), in a ceremony held Tuesday at its Mobile, AL, shipyard.

Austal USA launches JHSV 4

JANUARY 19, 2014 —  Austal USA, Mobile, AL, last week successfully launched the USNS Fall River (JHSV 4). The 103 m high speed catamaran was launched in a multi-step process that saw

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JHSV 1 completes IOT&E test schedule

OCTOBER 11, 2013 — The Navy’s first Joint High Speed Vessel, USNS Spearhead (JHSV 1), has successfully completed its Initial Operational Test and Evaluation (IOT&E) end-to-end event, NAVSEA announced Oct. 3. U.S.

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Austal partners with Sembawang on LCS, JHSV support

JANUARY 25, 2013 — Austal is partnering with Singapore’s Sembawang Shipyard Pte. Ltd. to provide support specifically tailored to the U.S. Navy’s fleet of Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) and Joint High Speed