USNS John Glenn Completes Final Contract Trials

By Joseph R. Fonseca
Wednesday, August 06, 2014
USNS John Glenn (MLP 2)

 

USNS John Glenn (MLP 2), successfully completed Final Contract Trials (FCT) off the coast of Manchester, Washington July 31.
 
During the trials, the Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey along with the ship's crew tested the vessel's various hull, mechanical, and electrical systems to demonstrate that the ship meets Navy standards and requirements, and is materially ready to perform all of its slated in-service missions.
 
John Glenn, the second of the Navy's Mobile Landing Platforms (MLP), was constructed by General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO). Since delivering to the Navy from NASSCO in March, her crew has moved onboard and begun training on the ship's systems in preparation for these trials. The ship is designed to facilitate the transfer of vehicles, supplies, equipment and personnel from large Maritime Pre-Positioning Force ships to on-shore locations using Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC).
 
"Highly versatile non-combatant vessels like John Glenn make our large scale at-sea missions possible," said Capt. Henry Stevens, Strategic and Theater Sealift Program Manager, Program Executive Office, Ships. "The ship's extensive vehicle and stowage space and remarkable transport capabilities will greatly facilitate operations across Geographic Combatant Commands, especially in areas where port access by larger ships is difficult or impossible."
 
John Glenn leverages float-on/ float-off technology allowing it to partially submerge to support and execute a broad range of military missions including humanitarian support and sustainment of traditional military missions. With its core capability set, MLP 2 features 25,000 square feet of vehicle and stowage space, a vehicle transfer ramp, large mooring fenders, and space for up to three LCAC. The platform's 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.
 
Since completing FCT less than a year ago, the Navy's first MLP, USNS Montford Point has already begun demonstrating her core capabilities. In June, the platform's vehicle transfer ramp capabilities and the capability to perform skin-to skin operations were demonstrated as Montford Point's ramp was deployed, attached to USNS Bob Hope (T-AKR 300) and then recovered. In July, the platform's capabilities to launch and recover LCAC, and transfer expeditionary vehicles to and from other vessels were demonstrated during the Rim of the Pacific exercises held near San Diego.
 
MLP 2 is owned by the U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command (MSC) and will be operated by a 34-person civilian-mariner crew and assigned to one of the two geographically responsible, Maritime Prepositioning Ships Squadrons.
 
As one of the Defense Department's largest acquisition organizations, PEO Ships is responsible for executing the development and procurement of all destroyers, amphibious ships, special mission and support ships and special warfare craft.  Delivering high-quality war fighting assets - while balancing affordability and capability - is key to supporting the Navy's Maritime Strategy.
 

Maritime Today


The Maritime Industry's original and most viewed E-News Service

Maritime Reporter July 2016 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Shipbuilding

Cargo Barge Launched for Alaska Marine Lines

Alaska Marine Lines celebrated the launch of its newest barge, Skagway Provider, at a ceremony July 7 at Gunderson Marine in Portland, Ore. where the vessel was constructed.

Romica Manufacturer Secures DNV GL Approval

U.K. winch maker Romica said it is to “redouble its exports drive” after its Romania-based manufacturing partner successfully acquired accreditation with DNV GL.

First VectRA 3000 Tug Delivered

Sanmar’s first VSP (Voith Schneider Propeller) tug, of the new VectRA 3000 series, named Arie A has been constructed for Italian operator Tripmare Spa of Trieste.

Navy

HII Names Leonard a Corporate Director

Capt. Joseph J. Leonard (U.S. Navy, Ret.) has joined Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) as corporate director of customer affairs, large surface combatant program, the shipbuilder announced.

This Day In Naval History: July 25

1898 - During the Spanish-American War, a landing party from the armed yacht, USS Gloucester, single-handedly captures Guanica, Puerto Rico. 1943 - The first

ASEAN Breaks South China Sea Deadlock

Manila drops request to refer to court ruling in statement. Southeast Asian nations overcame days of deadlock on Monday when the Philippines dropped a request

News

Volvo Penta Names Brown Commercial Marine Sales Director

Dave Brown has joined Volvo Penta of the Americas as director of commercial marine sales.   In this new position, Brown will provide strategic and administrative

Cargo Barge Launched for Alaska Marine Lines

Alaska Marine Lines celebrated the launch of its newest barge, Skagway Provider, at a ceremony July 7 at Gunderson Marine in Portland, Ore. where the vessel was constructed.

Romica Manufacturer Secures DNV GL Approval

U.K. winch maker Romica said it is to “redouble its exports drive” after its Romania-based manufacturing partner successfully acquired accreditation with DNV GL.

Eye on the Navy

This Day In Naval History: July 25

1898 - During the Spanish-American War, a landing party from the armed yacht, USS Gloucester, single-handedly captures Guanica, Puerto Rico. 1943 - The first

ASEAN Breaks South China Sea Deadlock

Manila drops request to refer to court ruling in statement. Southeast Asian nations overcame days of deadlock on Monday when the Philippines dropped a request

China sets up South China Sea environment protection fund

China has set up a 15 million yuan ($2.25 million) environmental protection fund for the South China Sea having already spent double that in the past four years,

Vessels

First VectRA 3000 Tug Delivered

Sanmar’s first VSP (Voith Schneider Propeller) tug, of the new VectRA 3000 series, named Arie A has been constructed for Italian operator Tripmare Spa of Trieste.

Two DNV GL Approvals for GTT Training Software

GTT Training, a GTT subsidiary dedicated to training liquefied natural gas (LNG) professionals and to the development of associated simulation tools, has obtained

Navig8 Acquires Chemical Tanker from STX

Navig8 Chemical Tankers Inc (the “Company”) (N-OTC: CHEMS), an international shipping company focused on the transportation of chemicals, today announced that it

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Standards Naval Architecture Navigation Port Authority Salvage Ship Electronics Ship Simulators Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction 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: 0.0929 sec (11 req/sec)