Austal USA Awarded its First Steel Shipbuilding Contract

Austal Limited is pleased to announce Austal USA has been awarded its first steel vessel construction contract by the United States Navy, a US$145 million (~A$198.5 million) build of two Towing, Salvage, and Rescue ships (T-ATS 11 and 12). The contract modification establishes options for up to three additional T-ATS ships, which, if exercised, will bring the total cumulative value…

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Acting SECNAV Names Future Expeditionary Fast Transport Ship Point Loma

Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas W. Harker announced July 16 that a future Spearhead-class Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF) ship will be named to honor the San Diego seaside community of Point Loma. The future USNS Point Loma (T-EPF-15) will be the second naval vessel to bear this name, the first being a deep submergence support ship that was decommissioned…

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Commissioning Date for USS Mobile (LCS 26) Announced

Apologies for poor quality of this US Navy photo. April 21, 2021 – The future USS Mobile (LCS 26), the U.S. Navy’s newest Independence-variant littoral combat ship (LCS), will be commissioned May 22, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. (CT) in Mobile, Alabama. Due to ongoing public health and safety concerns related to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the ceremony will take…

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Austal Breaks Ground on Steel Shipbuilding Yard

March 29, 2021 – Austal Limited is pleased to announce that construction has officially commenced on Austal USA’s new steel shipbuilding facility, in Mobile, Alabama. Austal USA hosted a ceremony at the company’s shipyard on Friday 26th March 2021, to mark the start of construction of a new steel shipbuilding facility that will provide the capability to meet increasing demand…

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Future USS Mobile (LCS 26) Completes Successful Acceptance Trial

October 8, 2020 – The future USS Mobile (LCS 26) successfully concluded its acceptance trial in the Gulf of Mexico Sept. 25 after a series of in-port and underway demonstrations. The Navy conducted comprehensive tests of the Independence-variant littoral combat ship’s systems during the trial, spanning multiple functional areas including main propulsion, auxiliaries and electrical systems. LCS 26 also performed…

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Future USS Mobile (LCS 26) Completes Successful Acceptance Trial

October 8, 2020 – The future USS Mobile (LCS 26) successfully concluded its acceptance trial in the Gulf of Mexico Sept. 25 after a series of in-port and underway demonstrations. The Navy conducted comprehensive tests of the Independence-variant littoral combat ship’s systems during the trial, spanning multiple functional areas including main propulsion, auxiliaries and electrical systems. LCS 26 also performed…

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Navy Accepts Delivery of USNS Newport

September 3, 2020 – The U.S. Navy accepted delivery of the twelfth Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF) vessel, USNS Newport (T-EPF 12), Sep. 2. EPFs are designed to operate in shallow waterways and are capable of a wide range of activities. The vessels are versatile, non-combatant, transport ships that are being used for high-speed transportation of troops, military vehicles, and equipment.…

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USNS Newport Completes Integrated Sea Trials

August 3, 2020 – The U.S. Navy’s twelfth Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF) vessel, USNS Newport (T-EPF 12), successfully competed Integrated Sea Trials, July 30. Integrated Trials combine Builder’s and Acceptance Trials, allowing for the shipyard to demonstrate to the Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey the operational capability and mission readiness of all the ship’s systems during a single underway…

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