New Class of Ship Given "E" Root Designator

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http://www.defensenews.com/story/defense/2015/09/03/navy-ship-designations-jhsv-mlp-afsb-joint-high-speed-vessel-afloat-forward-staging-base-mobile-landing-platform-mabus-greenert/71642184/

WASHINGTON — There are different kinds of submarines, of destroyers and amphibious ships, of patrol and support ships. The US Navy’s unique designation system defines all of them, starting with a root type, like SS for submarine, adding an N for nuclear, adding a G for guided missiles or a B for ballistic missiles.

Now there’s a new root designator – E for Expeditionary Support.

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, working with Adm. Jon Greenert, chief of naval operations, signed off on the E plan and changed the designations of three kinds of ships to the new category:

•JHSV Joint High Speed Vessels will become EPF, for Expeditionary Fast Transport.
•MLP Mobile Landing Platforms are now ESD Expeditionary Transfer Docks.
•and AFSB Afloat Forward Staging Bases – currently included as MLPs – will become ESB, for Expeditionary Base Mobile.
 

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May as well designate the LCS as TGT since that is what they are.
 

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My understanding is that they were looking at creating a new type and classification for LCS as well, but that's on hold or shelved while they figure out how widespread the "FF" label will be.
 

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https://news.usni.org/2016/06/07/epf-7_completes_acceptance_trials
 

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