Austal USA Builds Medical Ships for the U.S. Navy
Expeditionary Medical Ship (EMS) is based on the design of Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF) ships currently operated by the U.S. Navy. Just like the EPF, EMS will be a catamaran type with high speed but sport a larger displacement to house medical supplies and equipment necessary for the mission.
The ships are planned to have a speed exceeding 30 knots and a range of 5500 nm at 24 knots. Onboard medical capabilities include four operating rooms, 80 E.R., 32 light care beds, and eight isolation beds.
While EMS won’t have the capacity of a typical hospital ship, high speed will allow for quicker response when sailing near the operation areas. It can also be helpful during peace times for medical assistance missions in the case of an accident.