Richard Spencer: Navy’s Next Expeditionary Fast Transport Ship Named USNS Newport

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U.S. Navy Secretary Richard Spencer, a 2018 Wash100 recipient, has disclosed the name USNS Newport for the service branch’s future Expeditionary Fast Transport vessel.

Newport, designated T-EPF 12, will be the fourth naval ship named after the Rhode Island city, the Navy said Tuesday.

Austal‘s U.S. business secured the contract to build the next EFP ship designed to operate at a speed of more than 35 knots and displace 2,362 tons.

EPFs, previously called the Joint High Speed Vessels, are commercial-based catamarans intended for overseas contingency, special operations forces and humanitarian and disaster relief missions.

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