The following is the text of a news release from Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA):
(MOBILE, Ala.) — Expeditionary fast transport (EPF) 6, the future USNS Brunswick, completed acceptance trials Oct. 23, the Navy reported Monday.
The ship, which was constructed by Austal USA, is the sixth ship of the EPF class. The EPF-class ships were formerly known as joint high speed vessels, or JHSVs.
"Conducting acceptance trials is a major milestone for the shipyard and the program office," said Capt. Henry Stevens, strategic and theater sealift program manager, Program Executive Office, Ships. "We are very proud of our contractor and government team's commitment to delivering affordable, quality ships and look forward to the delivery of EPF 6 later this year."
The ship's trials included dockside testing to clear the ship for sea and rigorous at-sea trials during which the Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) evaluated and observed the performance of EPF 6's major systems. Completion of Brunswick's acceptance trials signifies that the ship is ready for delivery to the fleet in the near future.
EPFs are versatile, non-combatant transport ships that will be used for fast intra-theater transportation of troops, military vehicles and equipment. EPF is designed to commercial standards, with limited modifications for military use. The vessel is capable of transporting 600 short tons 1,200 nautical miles at an average speed of 35 knots, and can operate in shallow-draft ports and waterways, interfacing with roll-on/roll-off discharge facilities, and on/off-loading vehicles such as a combat-loaded Abrams main battle tank. Other joint requirements include an aviation flight deck to support day and night aircraft launch and recovery operations. EPF 6 will have airline-style seating for 312 embarked forces, with fixed berthing for 104.
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.