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Reproduced courtesy of Austal

Joint High Speed Vessel

Date: 2008
Medium: Plastic
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Austal
Object Copyright: © Austal
Object Name: Model
Object No: 00054857

User Terms

    A model of the Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF) formerly Joint High Speed Vessel

    Is a high-speed, shallow draft catamaran is based on a commercial car ferry design and is intended for rapid intratheatre transport of medium-sized cargo payloads. The EPF reaches speeds of 35–45 knots (65–83 km/h) and allows the rapid transit and deployment of conventional or special forces as well as equipment and supplies.

    The US Army and US Navy have jointly ordered 10 EPF's, reflecting the changing role of these forces in emergency disaster response, peacekeeping and targeted operations that require a small force and equipment to be delivered swiftly to estuarine and shallow ports or along undeveloped coastlines

    SignificanceThe model represents vessels significant in the history of the application of innovation in Australian marine architecture and construction to naval and military applications, and to Austalian / USA trade in maritime products.
    HistoryThe design of the Littoral Combat Vessel incorporates wave piercing and multi-hull catamaran design and aluminium manufacturing innovations developed by Robert Clifford and Philip Hercus in the 1970s and 80s.

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