MOBILE, Ala. (NNS) -- Future USNS Carson City (EPF 7) successfully completed acceptance trials during an underway period in the Gulf of Mexico, May 25-26.
"Acceptance trials is a major step towards delivering Carson City to the Navy," said Capt. Henry Stevens, Strategic and Theater Sealift Program Manager, Program Executive Office, Ships. "The ship performed very well at acceptance trials, which is a great reflection of the hard work of our contractor and government team's commitment to delivering quality ships."
The Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) boarded Carson City for acceptance trials to examine and evaluate the ship for delivery to the U.S. Navy. The readiness of the ship is demonstrated by conducting numerous tests both dockside and underway. The purpose of such thorough testing is to ensure the Navy receives a fully functional, safe, and capable ship.
Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF) ships are versatile, non-combatant vessels designed to operate in shallow-draft ports and waterways, increasing operational flexibility for a wide range of activities including maneuvering and sustainment, relief operations in small or damaged ports, flexible logistics support, or as the key enabler for rapid transport.
They are capable of interfacing with roll-on/roll-off discharge facilities, as well as on/off-loading vehicles such as a fully combat-loaded M1 Abrams tank. Each vessel includes a flight deck to support day and night aircraft launch and recovery operations. Carson City will have airline-style seating for 312 embarked forces with fixed berthing for 104.
As one of the Department of Defense's largest acquisition organizations, PEO Ships is responsible for executing the development and procurement of all destroyers, amphibious ships, special mission and support ships, and special warfare craft.
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