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Austal Alabama shipyard to build 2 additional Navy transports

MOBILE, Alabama — Austal USA announced today that the U.S. Navy has awarded it a $326 million contract for two additional Alabama-built Expeditionary Fast Transport ships (EPF), versatile, high-speed craft capable of conducting many missions.

The new contract supplements the 2008 EPF 10-ship agreement between the Navy and Austal. The new pact adds an 11th and 12th EPF to the program, pushing its value to $1.9 billion. These ships extend Austal’s production under the contract into 2022.

So far, Austal’s shipyard in Mobile has delivered seven EPF ships, with three more under construction at its Alabama headquarters and manufacturing facility.

Earlier today, the USNS Yuma, EPF 8, rolled out of Austal’s final assembly bay and onto the Mobile River.

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