US Navy’s USNS Fall River EPF completes voyage repair availability

16 February 2018 (Last Updated February 16th, 2018 12:14)

The US Navy's expeditionary fast transport ship USNS Fall River (T-EPF-4) has concluded voyage repair availability in Laem Chabang, Thailand.

US Navy’s USNS Fall River EPF completes voyage repair availability
The USNS Fall River. Credit: US Navy / Released.

The US Navy’s expeditionary fast transport ship USNS Fall River (T-EPF-4) has concluded voyage repair availability in Laem Chabang, Thailand.

The navy vessel underwent a series of critical maintenance works during the 28-day upgrade period, which will allow the ship to continue its theatre security cooperation efforts throughout the region.

USNS Fall River is one of three expeditionary fast transport vessels in the US 7th Fleet area of responsibility, which primarily provides rapid intra-theatre transportation of troops and military equipment.

"By conducting maintenance away from the ship’s homeport, the US Navy is afforded greater operational flexibility to remain forward deployed and provide naval presence."

US Navy Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 7 commodore captain Lex Walker said: “The ability to conduct voyage repairs in Laem Chabang represents the strong relationship we have with the nation and people of Thailand.

“By conducting maintenance away from the ship’s homeport, the US Navy is afforded greater operational flexibility to remain forward deployed and provide naval presence in cooperation with our regional partners.”

Laem Chabang is claimed to be the largest port in Thailand and is capable of accommodating nuclear-powered aircraft carriers and submarines.

The 337ft-long T-EPF-4 was constructed by Austal USA in Mobile, Alabama.

It was originally christened on 11 January 2014 and delivered on 16 September the same year.

The vessel can travel at a speed of 43k and is capable of accommodating two helicopters, including one that can be medium folded in the helo parking area, while the other one is placed on the deck.

USNS Fall River features four MTU 20V8000 M71L diesel engines, four ZF 60000NR2H reduction gears and four Wartsila WLD 1400 SR waterjets.