Feb. 1, 2014
/PRNewswire/ -- General Dynamics NASSCO, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), today christened the U.S. Navy's newest ship, USNS
(MLP-2). Named in honor of the famed Marine Corps pilot, Congressional Space Medal of Honor recipient and four-term U.S. senator, the USNS
is the second ship of three Mobile Landing Platform (MLP) vessels designed and built by NASSCO.
The Saturday morning christening ceremony took place at NASSCO's
shipyard. Chief of Naval Operations Admiral
Jonathan W. Greenert
was the ceremony's principal speaker.
, daughter of Senator Glenn, served as the ship's sponsor. She christened the ship by breaking the traditional bottle of champagne against the vessel's hull.
"With pride we christen the USNS
. May this ship serve our country well and be strengthened with the legacy of our distinguished guest, the Honorable John Glenn," said
, president of General Dynamics NASSCO. "The USNS
carries with it the skill, dedication and the high regard for quality of the hundreds of men and women involved in its design and construction."
The MLP is a flexible platform that will provide capability for large scale logistics movements such as the transfer of vehicles and equipment from sea to shore. It will significantly reduce dependency on foreign ports and provide support in the absence of any port, making it especially useful during disaster response and for supporting Marines once they are ashore.
will be delivered to the Navy in the first quarter of 2014.
More information about NASSCO can be found at
SOURCE General Dynamics NASSCO