USNS Choctaw County arrives in Funchal, Portugal

ATLANTIC OCEAN – Military Sealift Command auxiliary, expeditionary fast transport USNS Choctaw County (T-EPF 2) arrived in Funchal, Portugal, Oct. 15, 2015, en route to U.S. 5th Fleet.

Choctaw County is scheduled to be the first ship of its class to be forward-deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations and will be lay-berthed in Mina Salman port in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

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“I am looking forward to seeing what Choctaw County is capable of in the 5th Fleet area of operations. Choctaw County will be the first in the T-EPF class to work in 5th Fleet, so she will be a groundbreaker in this type of environment. I know that the ship will contribute positively to every tasking it receives.” – Capt. Roger Gwinn, master, USNS Choctaw County (T-EPF 2)

MOBILE, Ala. (June 5, 2013) USNS Choctaw County awaits delivery at the Austal USA vessel completion yard. Choctaw County is the second of 10 joint high-speed vessels designed for rapid intra-theater transportation of troops and military equipment. (U.S. Navy photo Courtesy Austal/Released)

MOBILE, Ala. (June 5, 2013) USNS Choctaw County awaits delivery at the Austal USA vessel completion yard. Choctaw County is the second of 10 joint high-speed vessels designed for rapid intra-theater transportation of troops and military equipment. (U.S. Navy photo Courtesy Austal/Released)

Facts:

-T-EPF capabilities make the ship class ideal for rapid intra-theater transport of troops and military equipment.

– T-EPF functions as a delivery vehicle for cargo, personnel and modular/tailored forces in response to a wide range of mission demands. T-EPF allows other ships to remain on station, thereby avoiding an operational pause.

-T-EPF is a 338-foot-long aluminum catamaran, complete with a 20,000-square-foot mission bay area that reconfigures quickly with adaptive force packages. The Choctaw County is able to adapt to whatever mission the ship may be tasked with, anything from carrying containerized portable hospitals to support disaster relief or transporting troops and equipment.

-T-EPF provides high-speed, agile lift capability to deliver operationally ready units to small, austere ports and flexibly support a wide range of missions including maneuver and sustainment, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief and special operations support.

– T-EPF’s shallow draft allows it to use ports and harbors inaccessible to larger ships, allowing rapid entry to a greatly expanded range of access points compared to the number of relatively few large full-service ports.

– T-EPF is capable of transporting 600 tons of military troops, vehicles, supplies and equipment more than 1,200 nautical miles at an average speed of 35 knots. Its aviation flight deck can support day and night flight operations for a wide variety of aircraft, including CH-53E Super Stallions.

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