May 20, 2013
/PRNewswire/ -- General Dynamics NASSCO recently delivered USNS
(MLP-1), the lead ship of the Mobile Landing Platform (MLP) class, to the U.S. Navy. The ship is named in honor of Camp Montford Point, the
, site where the first African-American Marines were trained.
Construction of the USNS
, incorporating a "design-build" approach to improve the ship's readiness for production. The 785-foot-long auxiliary ship will serve as a floating base for amphibious operations, and operate as a transfer point between large ships and small landing craft.
"Congratulations to the NASSCO-Navy-MSC team and to the entire group who built this ship," said
, president of General Dynamics NASSCO. "The approach we have taken in building this first-of-class ship, with the requirements and planning complete and the material available at the start of construction, has resulted in the delivery of MLP-1 under budget and on schedule. This reflects NASSCO's tradition of delivering high-quality, mission-ready ships."
NASSCO is currently building the second ship of the class, MLP-2, scheduled for undocking in September and delivery in the first quarter of 2014. Construction of MLP-3, the third ship in the class, began in February.
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