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    These Speedy New Navy Medical Ships Are Designed with the Pacific in Mind

    These Speedy New Navy Medical Ships Are Designed with the Pacific in Mind

    Tucked inside the recently passed Defense Department budget for 2023 is funding for a kind of Navy medical ship – one built to operate more like an ambulance than a hospital. 

    The ship's builders and Navy officials say this reimagined vessel, the Expeditionary Medical Ship, is especially designed for easy movement and rapid response in the shallow littorals and vast expanses of a future operating theater like the Pacific. And the service is working to develop a complement of skilled medical personnel trained and ready to deploy onboard these ships to provide triage care almost anywhere in the world.

    To be built by Austal , the Expeditionary Medical Ship will be based on the Expeditionary Fast Transport, or EPF, a catamaran used by the Navy for personnel transit within coastal operational theaters such as Central and South America. The first EMS, EPF-17, is supposed to be delivered to the Navy by December 2026, according to budget documents; the service so far has greenlighted funding for three of them. 

    Ultimately, the Navy wants to have a trio of platforms that work together to provide seamless care anywhere in the world. The service is developing a concept, T-AH(X), to replace its aging hospital ships, and, in the meantime, adding EMS and an even quicker connector platform, the EPF Flight II.

    These to Navy medicine afloat are all in anticipation of a future, high-stakes conflict against a peer…

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