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USNS CITY OF BISMARCK (T-EPF-9) IS NOW SERVING IN THE NAVY’S MILITARY SEALIFT COMMAND

On January 23rd 2018, USNS CITY OF BISMARCK (T-EPF-9) departed  the AUSTAL USA shipyard in Mobile, Alabama, on its maiden voyage as a US Navy owned and Military Sealift (MSC) operated vessel. Here she is shown leaving Mobile Bay.

BISMARCK Underway Photo R

As a US Navy ship operated by the Military Sealift Command she has a civilian merchant marine crew of 26 with Captain James Regan serving as Master of the ship. She is a high speed catamaran capable of speed in excess of 40 knots with a range of 1400 nautical miles. She can operate in shallow-draft ports and waterways, interface with roll-on/roll-off discharge facilities, and on/off-load a combat-loaded Abrams Main Battle Tank (M1A2). She has a flight deck for helicopter operations capable of handling the Navy’s largest helicopter. She has an off-load ramp that allows vehicles to quickly drive off the ship. The ramp is suitable for the types of austere piers and quay walls common in developing countries. Her shallow draft further enhances littoral operations and port access. This makes her an extremely flexible asset for support of a wide range of operations including maneuver and sustainment, relief operations in small or damaged ports, flexible logistics support, or as the key enabler for rapid transport. She has with airline style seating for more than 312 embarked forces and fixed berthing for 146.

The City of Bismarck displaces 2300 tons, is 337 feet long and 93.6 feet wide. She is powered by four diesel engines driving water jets. She can carry 600 tons of cargo and equipment.

 

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2 responses to “USNS CITY OF BISMARCK (T-EPF-9) IS NOW SERVING IN THE NAVY’S MILITARY SEALIFT COMMAND

  • Pete Rice

    Bob — Congratulations on doubling the size of our navy! Where will our ship be home-ported? I note she has a shallow draft so could possibly use Bismarck? I’m sure Fargo and Grand Forks would also make a bid for port visits.

    Do you know where she will cruise, on the Missouri or on the Garrison Reservoir? I assume if our ship can operate OV-22s, she would also be able to operate AV-8s. Fortuitously, USMC seems to be replacing its AV-8s with F-35s so there should be no problem standing up an air wing. Adding this capability would greatly enhance the air defenses of our northern border.

    Are there any plans to use our ship to support the oil industry? Being able to move 600 tons of drilling equipment and oil would take some burden off ND highways and railroads.

    Sincerely Bob, BZ!

    Pete

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