NASSCO Delivers ‘Floating Sea Base’ USNS Hershel “Woody” Williams to U.S. Navy

General Dynamics NASSCO delivered the second mobile afloat 'sea base' to the U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command. The USNS Hershel "Woody" Williams (ESB 4) is named in honor of the last surviving Medal of Honor recipient recognized for heroism at the Battle of Iwo Jima during World War II. Delivery follows the successful completion of sea trials from January 15 to … [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...]

U.S. Navy’s First Afloat Forward Staging Base Floated at NASSCO – PHOTOS

The future USNS Lewis B. Puller, the third ship in the U.S. Navy's new Mobile Landing Platform (MLP) class, was launched into San Diego Bay last week at the General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard. Lewis B. Puller is the first Afloat Forward Staging Base (AFSB) variant of the MLP-class, bringing the U.S. Navy's seabasing dreams to reality. The ship is designed to perform core … [Read more...]