MLP 1 Completes Builder's Sea Trials

Press Release
Sunday, March 24, 2013
USNS Montford Point: Photo credit NASSCO

The Navy's first Mobile Landing Platform, 'USNS Montford Point' (MLP 1), successfully completes builder's sea trials in San Diego.

USNS Montford Point was constructed by General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Co. (NASSCO) and these builder's trials test the vessel's propulsion, ballasting, communications, navigation and mission systems, as well as related support systems. 


MLP is based on an existing commercial design, the Alaska-class crude oil carrier, ensuring design stability and lower development costs.



MLP is a highly 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 an MLP especially useful during disaster response, and for supporting Marines once they are ashore. 



The ship will leverage float-on/float-off technology, allowing Montford Point to partially submerge, facilitating easy movement of cargo and craft. Additionally, the ship's size allows for 25,000 square feet of vehicle and equipment stowage space and 380,000 gallons of fuel storage. 



With this set of capabilities, the ship is able to easily transfer personnel and vehicles from other vessels, such as the large, medium-speed, roll-on/roll-off ships (LMSRs) onto landing craft air cushioned (LCAC) vehicles and transport them ashore. 



The platform, with its open, reconfigurable mission deck, will serve as an important flexible and transformational asset to the Navy, as it can be reconfigured to support a wide variety of future operations. 

The ship is expected to be delivered to the Navy in fiscal year 2013 and operational in fiscal year 2015. 


Maritime Reporter April 2015 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Shipbuilding

New Power Optimization Solution for LNG Carriers

NAPA and DSME launch tailored NAPA-DSME Power Solution for LNG carriers; leading LNG carrier shipyard offers specialized performance monitoring solution   South Korean shipbuilder,

BWTS Newcomer Sees Early Success

Norwegian manufacturer of ballast water treatment systems MMC Green Technology reports it has sold more than 70 systems since going commercial with its MMC BWMS two years ago,

Design & Operation: Wind Farm Support Vessels

Offshore wind farm development has been led globally by the UK, followed by Germany. Both countries have governments with long term commitments to renewable energy.

Navy

Adm. Swift Takes Command of Pacific Fleet

Adm. Scott H. Swift returned to his home state and relieved Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr. as commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet during a change of command ceremony on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam,

Germany Looking to Dock Submarine Deal with India

The German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen is visiting India lobbying for the purchase of German Stealth Submarines and European military hardware, say local media.

Indian Navy Monitoring Activities of China

Amid increasing Chinese presence in the Indian Ocean region, Navy Chief Admiral R.K. Dhowan said that Indian Navy “minutely” monitors the activities of its Chinese counterpart in the region,

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Security Maritime Standards Naval Architecture Pipelines Port Authority Salvage Ship Electronics Ship Repair Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1517 sec (7 req/sec)