Expeditionary Transports (HST, HSV, EPF, ESD, ESB)

Most recent update: September 8, 2018.


In recent years, both the Army and the Navy have experimented with chartered fast catamaran vessels for coastal transport of troops, particularly in the Pacific region, and the Navy has acquired two boats built as ferries for service in Hawaii.  Now the Navy is building a new class of catamaran troop transport for joint service.  The original plan was for ten boats: the force planners talked for a while about a total force of 40 to 50, but it is currently unclear how many will be built.  In October 2015, the Navy reclassified the Spearhead class from JHSV, which stood for Joint High-Speed Vessel, to EPF, which stands for Expeditionary Personnel Fast.  In addition, two classes of floating bases are now being built.

Type

#

Name

Shipbuilder

Location

$mm

FY

Ft.

LDT

Contract Award

Lay Keel

Launch

Delivery

K-L (Wks)

L-D (Wks)

K-D (Wks)

Disposition

Chartered/Acquired High-Speed Vessels

HSV

1

Westpac Express

Austal Ltd.

W. Australia

 

 

130

2,111

 

 

 

2001

 

 

 

Replaced 2013 by Guam

HSV

2

Swift

Incat Ltd.

Tasmania

 

 

61

940

 

 

 

2002

 

 

 

Active

HST

1

Guam (ex-Huakai)

Austal USA

Mobile AL

 

 

616

3,617

 

 

 

Feb-09

 

 

 

Acquired 2012, active

HST

2

Puerto Rico (ex-Alakai)

Austal USA

Mobile AL

 

 

615

3,617

 

 

 

Jun-07

 

 

 

Acquired 2012, chartered out 2016 to Bay Ferries

Expeditionary Fast Transports (formerly JHSV, now EPF)

EPF

1

Spearhead

Austal USA

Mobile AL

185

08

338

1,670

13-Nov-08

22-Jul-10

12-Sep-11

5-Dec-12

58

65

123

Active

EPF

2

Vigilant/Choctaw County

Austal USA

Mobile AL

151

09

338

1,670

28-Jan-10

8-Nov-11

1-Oct-12

6-Jun-13

47

36

83

Active

EPF

3

Fortitude/Millinocket

Austal USA

Mobile AL

151

09

338

1,670

28-Jan-10

3-May-12

5-Jun-13

21-Mar-14

56

41

97

Active

EPF

4

Fall River

Austal USA

Mobile AL

152

10

338

1,670

12-Oct-10

20-May-13

16-Jan-14

15-Sep-14

33

34

67

Active

EPF

5

Resolute/Trenton

Austal USA

Mobile AL

152

10

338

1,670

12-Oct-10

10-Mar-14

30-Sep-14

13-Apr-15

29

28

57

Active

EPF

6

Brunswick

Austal USA

Mobile AL

156

11

338

1,670

30-Jun-11

2-Dec-14

19-May-15

14-Jan-16 

24

34

58

Active

EPF

7

Courageous/Carson City

Austal USA

Mobile AL

156

11

338

1,670

30-Jun-11

31-Jul-15

 17-Jan-16

 24-Jun-16

24

23

47

Active

EPF

8

Yuma

Austal USA

Mobile AL

161

12

338

1,670

24-Feb-12

 30-Mar-16

 17-Sep-16

 21-Apr-17

24

31

55

Active

EPF

9

Sacrifice/City of Bismarck

Austal USA

Mobile AL

161

12

338

1,670

24-Feb-12

 18-Jan-17

 8-Jun-17

21-Dec-17

20

28

48

Active

EPF

10

Burlington

Austal USA

Mobile AL

167

13

338

1,670

20-Dec-12

 26-Sep-17

1-Mar-18

 

22

 

 

Building

EPF

11

Puerto Rico

Austal USA

Mobile AL

124

16

338

1,670

16-Sep-16

9-Aug-18

 

 

 

 

 

Building

EPF

12

 Newport

Austal USA

Mobile AL

124

16

338

1,670

16-Sep-16

 

 

 

 

 

 

Building

Expeditionary Transfer Docks (ESD) and Expeditionary Sea Bases (ESB)

ESD

1

Montford Point

NASSCO

San Diego CA

 

11

438

39,900

27-May-11

19-Jan-12

13-Nov-12

14-May-13

42

25

67

Active

ESD

2

John Glenn

NASSCO

San Diego CA

 

11

438

39,900

27-May-11

5-Dec-12

15-Sep-13

12-Mar-14

41

26

67

Active

ESB

3

Lewis B. Puller

NASSCO

San Diego CA

 

12

420

39,900

26-Feb-12

5-Nov-13

7-Nov-14

12-Jun-15

52

31

83

Active

ESB

4

Hershal “Woody” Williams

NASSCO

San Diego CA

 

15

498

39,900

19-Dec-14

18-Dec-15

19-Aug-17

22-Feb-18

87

27

114

Active

ESB

5

Miguel Keith

NASSCO

San Diego CA

 

16

 

39,900

29-Dec-16

30-Jan-18

 

 

 

 

 

Building