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City of Bismarck (T-EPF-9)

The first U.S. Navy ship named for the capital of North Dakota. 

(T-EPF-9: displacement 2,460; length 338'; beam 93'; draft 13'; speed 40 knots; complement 26, troop capacity 312 + 104; aircraft landing pad for 1 Sikorsky MH-60 Seahawk; class Spearhead

On 24 February 2012, the Navy awarded Austal USA the contract to build joint high speed vessel Sacrifice (JHSV-9) at the company’s facility at Mobile, Ala. Secretary of the Navy Raymond E. Mabus Jr., announced the selection of the name Bismarck for the ship on 6 June 2013, but she was subsequently renamed City of Bismarck and reclassified to an expeditionary fast transport (T-EPF-9). The ship was laid down on 18 January 2017; launched on 7 June 2017; sponsored by Mrs. Jane L. Harman, Director, President, and CEO of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; completed her acceptance trials on 20 October 2017; and was delivered on 19 December 2017, six days before Christmas. 

The Military Sealift Command will operate the ship, which can embark a company (+) of marines or soldiers, and is capable of transporting 600 short tons 1,200 nautical miles at an average speed of 35 knots. City of Bismarck is a shallow draft aluminum catamaran that has a flight deck for helicopter operations, and a loading ramp to enable vehicles to quickly drive on and off the ship. The ramp is designed to accommodate the limited piers and quay walls often encountered in developing countries. City of Bismarck will provide U.S. forces with added mobility and flexibility, and be deployed via the Global Force Management for Theater Security Cooperation, service unique missions, intra-theater sealift, and special missions.


Secretary of the Navy Raymond E. Mabus Jr., delivers his remarks during the ship’s naming ceremony at Bismarck, N. Dak., 16 September 2015. (MC2 Armando Gonzales, U.S. Navy Photograph 150916-N-LV331-005, Navy NewsStand)
Caption: Secretary of the Navy Raymond E. Mabus Jr., delivers his remarks during the ship’s naming ceremony at Bismarck, N. Dak., 16 September 2015. (MC2 Armando Gonzales, U.S. Navy Photograph 150916-N-LV331-005, Navy NewsStand)

Detailed history pending. 

Mark L. Evans
21 December 2017

Published: Thu Dec 28 10:42:35 EST 2017