Expeditionary Fast Transport Burlington Completes Builder’s Trials
MOBILE, Ala. — The Navy’s 10th expeditionary fast transport vessel, Burlington (T-EPF 10), successfully completed builder’s trials June 29, Naval Sea Systems Command said in a July 5 release.
The week of trials began dockside at the Austal USA Shipyard in Mobile. The ship engaged in pierside dock trials with the Supervisor of Shipbuilding Gulf Coast working with the shipyard to demonstrate ship equipment and system operation including fire protection equipment. The ship then spent two days underway performing various tests to demonstrate the ship’s readiness, including calibration of communication and navigational systems, ship propulsion, ride control, and anchor handling. Maneuverability trials tested the ship’s four steerable water jets while a series of high-speed turns demonstrated the stability and agility of the EPF catamaran hull form.
“Burlington performed very well and is well on the way toward her delivery as the next expeditionary fast transport vessel to the Navy,” said Capt. Scot Searles, Strategic and Theater Sealift program manager, Program Executive Office Ships. “The testing results achieved this week are a testament to the combined efforts of industry and Navy.”
The next step for Burlington will be acceptance trials, during which the Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey will inspect and evaluate the ship to certify its readiness for delivery to the U.S. Navy. Burlington is scheduled to begin acceptance trials in late July.