High-Speed Transports (HST, HSV, EPF)

Most recent update: November 4, 2015.


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.

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 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

Spearhead Class Joint High-Speed Vessels (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   24     Building
EPF 7 Courageous/Carson City Austal USA Mobile AL 156 11 338 1,670 30-Jun-11 31-Jul-15           Building
EPF 8 Yuma Austal USA Mobile AL 161 12 338 1,670 24-Feb-12             Building
EPF 9 Sacrifice/Bismarck Austal USA Mobile AL 161 12 338 1,670 24-Feb-12             Building
EPF 10 Burlington Austal USA Mobile AL 167 13 338 1,670 20-Dec-12             Building
EPF 11   Austal USA Mobile AL     338 1,670               More planned