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Austal to Build 16th Navy Expeditionary Fast Transport Under $230.5M Contract

An Austal shipbuilding business in Mobile, Alabama, will design and build a 16th Expeditionary Fast Transport vessel for the U.S. Navy, under a $230.5 million contract modification.

Austal USA expects to start its construction of EPF 16 later this year and aims to deliver the next Spearhead-class ship sometime in 2025, the company said Tuesday.

EPF 16, the third Flight II ship in its class, will feature an operating room, a postsurgical recovery area and a flight deck where the V-22 military tiltrotor aircraft can land.

The award is a fixed–priced incentive option exercised under the Navy’s contract with Austal USA, the Department of Defense said.

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