Sea Platforms

NAVSEA releases RFI for future common-hull, multi-mission auxiliary ship

11 May 2018

Key Points

  • The new construction plan includes a domestic common-hull design to replace aging mission-specific sealift and auxiliary ships
  • The navy's 30-year shipbuilding plan envisages funding for the first CHAMP ship in FY 2028

Plans are taking shape in the US Navy (USN) for the procurement of a new type of multimission support vessel that could ultimately replace a number of existing classes of auxiliary and sealift vessels now approaching the end of their service lives.

Known as the Common Hull Auxiliary Multi-mission Platform (CHAMP), the concept envisages the adaptation of a non-developmental/commercial roll-on/roll-off (ro-ro) ship design embarking various force packages to meet different mission needs.

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