U.S. Navy Turns Civilian-Operated USNS Lewis B. Puller Into Commissioned Warship

The U.S. Navy will officially redesignate the civilian-manned expeditionary mobile base USNS Lewis B. Puller (ESB 3) into a commissioned warship on Thursday as the Navy looks to fill its growing demand for more diverse and capable warships around the globe. The USNS Lewis B. Puller will officially transition to the USS Lewis B. Puller (ESB 3) during a commissioning ceremony … [Read more...]

PHOTOS: USNS Lewis B. Puller Builders Trials

The USNS Lewis B. Puller was captured earlier this month off the coast of San Diego during builders trials from the General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard. Lewis B. Puller is the first Afloat Forward Staging Base (AFSB), a modification to the Mobile Landing Platform (MLP) ships for the U.S. Navy. The Mobile Landing Platform is the basis of the Navy's new sea-basing … [Read more...]

U.S. Navy’s First Afloat Forward Staging Base Christened at NASSCO

General Dynamics NASSCO on Saturday christened the U.S. Navy’s newest ship, the USNS Lewis B. Puller (MLP-3 AFSB). The ship is the first of the Mobile Landing Platform (MLP) class to be configured as an Afloat Forward Staging Base (AFSB), adding a flight deck, berthing, fuel storage, equipment storage, repair spaces, and accommodations for up to 250 personnel. The ship is … [Read more...]