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USNS Puerto Rico (T-EPF-11) will be the eleventh Spearhead-class expeditionary fast transport and will be operated by the Military Sealift Command.[1][5]

Joint High Speed Vessel concept.jpg
Artist's conception of Expeditionary Fast Transport
History
United States
Name: Puerto Rico
Operator: Military Sealift Command
Awarded: 15 September 2016[1]
Builder: Austal USA[1]
Laid down: 9 August 2018[2]
Sponsored by: Sonia Sotomayor[3]
Christened: 10 November 2018[4]
Status: Under construction
General characteristics
Class and type: Spearhead-class expeditionary fast transport
Length: 103.0 m (337 ft 11 in)
Beam: 28.5 m (93 ft 6 in)
Draft: 3.83 m (12 ft 7 in)
Propulsion:
Speed: 43 knots (80 km/h; 49 mph)
Troops: 312
Crew: Capacity of 41, 22 in normal service
Aviation facilities: Landing pad for medium helicopter

Puerto Rico is under construction in Mobile, Alabama by Austal USA.[6] Puerto Rico was christened on 10 November 2018[4][7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Puerto Rico". Naval Vessel Register. Retrieved 25 December 2016.
  2. ^ "Keel Authenticated for the Future USNS Puerto Rico" (Press release). United States Navy. 10 August 2018. NNS180810-02. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  3. ^ "U.S. Supreme Court's Sotomayor sponsors Austal ship, visits Mobile for ceremony". al.com. 9 August 2018. Retrieved 11 August 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Austal USA Christens USNS Puerto Rico (EPF 11)" (Press release). Austal USA. 10 November 2018. Retrieved 12 November 2018.
  5. ^ "Secretary of the Navy Names Three Vessels" (Press release). U.S. Department of Defense. 14 December 2016. 444-16. Retrieved 25 December 2016.
  6. ^ "Navy Marks Milestones for Two Expeditionary Fast Transports" (Press release). United States Navy. 19 January 2017. NNS170119-03. Retrieved 20 January 2017.
  7. ^ "US Navy to christen future USNS Puerto Rico expeditionary fast transport". naval-technology.com. 9 November 2018. Retrieved 12 November 2018.