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.
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.