The US Navy Vessel “USNS Choctaw County” the express transport vessel, arrived in Lebanon as previously scheduled on Tuesday, 21-09-2021, as the first visit for a US navy ship to a Lebanese naval base, it was to highlight the strong partnership between the United States and the Lebanese Armed Forces.
About the USNS:
The Spearhead-class expeditionary fast transport (EPF) is a United States Navy–led Shipbuilding program to provide a platform intended to support users in the Department of the Navy and Department of the Army. The Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF) program is a cooperative effort for a high-speed, shallow draft vessel intended for rapid intratheater transport of medium-sized cargo payloads. The EPF will reach speeds of 35–45 knots (65–83 km/h; 40–52 mph) and will allow for the rapid transit and deployment of conventional or special forces as well as equipment and supplies.
In addition, this visit will include a conference on partnership building with international participants to discuss ways to enhance the ability of the Lebanese Navy to work in coordination with foreign naval forces.
As part of a naval application, the qualities of aluminum provide coastal and offshore patrol vessels with the following advantages over a ship built in steel, depending on their speed (20 to 35 knots) and their size:
• 5% to 20% savings on investment
• 20% to 30% savings on maintenance of the propulsion system
• 30% to 40% saving on fuel consumption
• 70% savings on paint
Aluminum shipbuilding not only results in savings but also allows navy crews to focus on their operational missions rather than maintenance and painting.
All of these qualities have led a significant number of governments around the world to equip their naval, police, customs, and coastguard vessels with aluminum ships.
The US Navy has selected this material for the construction of its Littoral Combat Ships, vessels of 127 m in length.
OCEA has already delivered more than 110 vessels up to 84 meters.