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Re: Argos EPFs
Posted by Mark on 12/17/2018, 10:40 am, in reply to "Argos EPFs
A bit of confusion on ship types here. Argos never did an EPF, he did do HSV SWIFT. The EPFs of the SPEARHEAD class, like the PUERTO RICO, have been done recently by Rhenania Jr.
The OMAHA is an LCS of the INDEPENDENCE class, which has been done by Argos. They are all nice models of homely ships.
Yesterday I had the pleasure of taking a DUKW-boat tour of the Mobile waterfront. We got excellent, really close-up looks at the USS Omaha and the USNS Puerto Rico, both of which are fitting out at Austal. The EPF is absolutely aluminum-foil, bare-metal shiny; they won't be painting her at all (although she has her hull number - 11 - on the bow in normal (not low-vis) USN black-shaded white). A single coat of paint would weigh 10,000 pounds, reducing her speed, cargo capacity, or both. If you've got one of the Argos EPFs - you might want to strip the paint and buff it to a high metallic gloss! The Omaha, on the other hand, is dull grey. But they haven;t painted her. She would have been exactly the same as the Puerto Rico originally, but they then sand the ship to a rough texture and let it oxidize to the grey to get a less-visible appearance w/o the paint weight. We were not told if the Puerto Rico would eventually been likewise sanded (I expect she will....).