SAN DIEGO–General DynamicsNASSCO on Tuesday completed the complex float out operation for the U.S. Navy’s first Mobile Landing Platform (MLP) ship, USNS Montford Point.

Artistic rendering of Mobile Landing Platform.

The MLP is a new class and type of auxiliary support ship, as part of the U.S. Navy’s Maritime Prepositioning Force of the Future (MPF-F) program. The ship will serve as a transfer station or floating pier at sea, improving the U.S. military’s ability to deliver equipment and cargo from ship to shore when land bases do not exist. It will provide capability for large scale logistics movements such as the transfer of vehicles and equipment from sea to shore.

General DynamicsNASSCO says that construction of the USNS Montford Point is progressing ahead of schedule, with the ship currently at 91 percent complete. The ship will now undergo final outfitting and testing pier side before completing sea trials. USNS Montford Point is scheduled to be christened in March 2013 and delivered to the U.S. Navy in May 2013, where it will be operated by civilian crews from Military Sealift Command.

Fabrication of the second MLP, the USNS John Glenn, began in April 2012. Following a keel laying ceremony in December, this second MLP ship will be erected in the same building dock as the USNS Montford Point.

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  • Bruce Ferguson

    Regarding the Navy’s new MLP class, wouldn’t it have been far cheaper to modify an ore carrier or tanker than to produce newbuilds? Look at the USNS Mercy hospital ship (a former tanker). With all the hulls going to the breaker’s yards these days, some only a few years old, the Navy could have saved some money….

  • Ted K.

    “Mobile Landing Platform”  (Wikipedia article)
    Design has berths for up to three (3) LCAC’s. Also, the ships being built are the second design, based on that of the Alaska-class oil tanker. A preliminary design had an estimated cost of $1.5 billion per ship while the current design is roughly $500 million per ship.

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