United States
January 11, 2024

Austal USA delivers USNS Cody (EPF 14) to the U.S. Navy

MOBILE, Ala. – Austal USA formally handed over USNS Cody (EPF 14) to the U.S. Navy today as representatives from both parties signed official delivery documentation onboard the ship. Austal USA and the Navy’s Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF) program team successfully completed acceptance trials on the EPF 14 in the Gulf of Mexico in December signifying that the ship was ready for delivery to the Navy. 

These trials involved the execution of intense comprehensive tests by the Austal USA-led industry team while underway, which demonstrated to the Navy the successful operation of the ship’s major systems and equipment.  Cody is the first EPF Flight II vessel Austal has delivered to the Navy. EPF Flight II vessels feature enhanced afloat medical capability and will provide critical combat care in austere and contested operating environments.

“This is an exciting day for Austal USA’s EPF program and our teammates and suppliers across the US,” Austal USA Vice President, New Construction Programs Dave Growden said.  “Working together we have produced a highly capable vessel ready to meet the needs of our Nation’s Military Sealift Command.”

EPF 14 is the first ship to honor the city in Wyoming named for William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody.

Austal USA has delivered fourteen EPFs and has two more under construction, at the Mobile, Ala. facility. The 338-ft Spearhead-class EPF is currently providing high-speed, high-payload transport capability to fleet and combatant commanders. These ships are representative of Austal USA’s diversified portfolio which includes surface combatants and auxiliaries, submarine modules and autonomous vessels.

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