Austal USA has received a $24.6 million contract to buyÂ long-lead-time materials needed for the design and construction of aÂ shallow-draft vessel meant to transport U.S. Navy personnel and equipment.
The company will use the funds toÂ obtainÂ ship sets of main propulsion engines, shafting and bearings, waterjet propulsors, stern ramp and anchor chains for Expeditionary Fast Transport 12, the Defense Department said Wednesday.
The Naval Sea Systems Command obligated $18.5 million at the time of award from the Navy’s fiscal 2016 shipbuilding and conversionÂ funds.
Austal USA will perform contract workÂ in Michigan, Texas, Florida and Washington through March 2020.
The EPFÂ fleet will serve as a lift for personnel, supplies and equipment for the Navy as well as theÂ U.S. Marine Corps and theÂ U.S. Army.