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USNS City of Bismarck (T-EPF-9)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Bravo - Mike - Kilo
EPF-1 Class Expeditionary Fast Transport:
  • Laid down, 18 January 2017, by Austal USA in Mobile, AL.
  • Christened, 13 May 2017
  • Launched, 8 June 2017
  • Completed builders trials in September 2017
  • Delivered and accepted by the US Navy 19 December 2017
    Displacement 1,670 t.(lt)
    Length 337' 11"
    Beam 93' 6"
    Draft 12' 7"
    Speed 43 kts
    Complement 22 Civilian Mariners, capable of 42
    Troop Capacity
    104 embarked force berths
    312 embarked seating capacity
    Cargo Capacity 600 short tons in 20,000 sq. ft.
    Aircraft Capacity two helicopters (one medium folded in helo parking area and one on deck)
    four MTU 20V8000 M71L Diesel engines
    four ZF 60000NR2H reduction gears
    four Wartsila WLD 1400 SR waterjets

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    City of Bismarck 212k Expeditionary Fast Transport vessels USNS City of Bismarck (T-EPF-9) moors at Naval Air Station Key West's Mole Pier to pick up supplies while on a routine cruise. NAS Key West is a state-of-the-art facility for air-to-air combat fighter aircraft of all military services and provides world-class pierside support to U.S. and foreign naval vessels.
    US Navy photo # 180213-N-SX614-016 KEY WEST, Florida (Feb. 13, 2018) by MC2 Cody R. Babin
    Lee Wahler
    City of Bismarck
    220k USNS City of Bismarck (T-EPF-9) departs Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story in Virginia Beach, Va. City of Bismarck is under way performing regional training, testing and evaluations.
    US Navy photo #'s 180426-N-OH262-0323 VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (April 26, 2018) and 80426-N-OH262-0348 VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (April 26, 2018) by Bill Mesta
    Lee Wahler
    City of Bismarck
    City of Bismarck
    207k USNS City of Bismarck (T-EPF-9) arrives at Naval Station Newport in preparation for the Chief of Naval Operations' 23rd International Seapower Symposium (ISS) at the U.S. Naval War College. More than 180 senior officers and civilians from more than 100 countries including many of the senior-most officers from those countries' navies and coast guards, are attending the biennial event Sept. 18-21. This year's theme is "Security, Order, Prosperity," and will feature guest speakers and panel discussions to explore the common security challenges of maritime nations. First held in 1969, ISS has become the largest gathering of maritime leaders in history and provides a forum for senior international leaders to create and solidify solutions to shared challenges and threats in ways that are in the interests of individual nations.
    US Navy photo #'s 180919-N-LV112-153 NEWPORT, R.I. (Sept. 19, 2018) and 180919-N-LV112-163 NEWPORT, R.I. (Sept. 19, 2018) by MC2 Natalia Briggs
    Lee Wahler
    Robert Hurst
    City of Bismarck
    City of Bismarck
    224k USNS City of Bismarck (T-EPF-9) moored at Mare Island, 25 November 2020. Note Coast Guard vessel behind City of Bismarck is in the shipyard's dry dock # 3. Photo by Darryl Baker
    City of Bismarck
    327k USNS City of Bismarck (T-EPF-9) sits along the pier at the Commercial Seaport of Palau in Koror, 5 November 2021. Military Sealift Command Far East ensures approximately 50 ships in the Indo-Pacific region, including City of Bismarck, are manned, trained and equipped to deliver essential supplies, fuel, cargo, and equipment to warfighters, both at sea and on shore. The ship is currently supporting Task Force Koa Moana 21, I Marine Expeditionary Force by transporting gear and personnel from California to the Republic of Palau.
    US Marine Corps Photo #s 211105-M-EH070-1002, KOROR, Palau (Nov. 5, 2021) and 211105-M-EH070-1001, KOROR, Palau (Nov. 5, 2021) by Cpl. Atticus Martinez, USMC
    US Navy Sealift Command
    City of Bismarck

    USNS City of Bismarck (T-EPF-9)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV) and Mobile Landing Platform (MLP) Program Overviews
    Aerospace & Defense Intelligence Report - Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV)

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