United States

Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF)

In November 2008, Austal was awarded a contract to design and construct the first 103-meter Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV) - now known as Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF) - with options for nine additional ships. The current contract is for 14 ships and is valued at over $1.9 billion.

The Spearhead-class EPF is currently providing high-speed, high-payload transport capability to the Combatant Commanders. The EPF’s large, open mission deck and large habitability spaces provide the opportunity to conduct a wide range of missions – from engagement and humanitarian assistance / disaster relief missions being conducted today to the possibility of supporting a range of future missions – special operations support, command and control, and medical support are all potential missions. With its ability to access small, minor, and degraded ports with minimal external support, the EPF provides unique options to Fleet and Combatant Commanders.