Keel Authenticated for Twelfth Expeditionary Fast Transport

January 30, 2019 – The U.S. Navy held a keel laying and authentication ceremony for its 12th Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF) vessel, Newport (EPF 12), at Austal USA’s shipyard., Jan. 29. The keel was said to be “truly and fairly laid” as it was authenticated by Charlotte Dorrance Marshall, signing her initials into the keel plate. “We are excited to celebrate a major milestone in the construction of the 12th EPF of the class,” said Capt. Scot Searles, Strategic and Theater Sealift program manager, Program Executive Office Ships. “These ships…

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