Mobile Landing Platform Fabricated by GD NASSCO

Press Release
Monday, September 10, 2012

Shipbuilders of General Dynamics NASSCO completes assembly & weld-out of 26,241 metric tons of steel structure for first mobile landing platform for US Navy.

The final block for the first MLP ship, comprised of the ship's exhaust stacks and weighing 277 short tons, was lifted onboard via crane and installed on August 17.  The final structural welds were completed August 31 and inspected by the American Bureau of Shipping and the Navy.  Work is continuing on outfitting and painting the ship in preparation for a November 13 undocking.

 Construction of the ship is progressing on schedule and under budget, with delivery scheduled for the second quarter of 2013.

"The MLP is the beneficiary of the ship-construction lessons learned during the successful T-AKE Program and a concerted 'Design for Producibility' effort," said Fred Harris, president of General Dynamics NASSCO.  "With this ship, we have further reduced construction time and applied improvements that have increased the efficiency of our workforce."

NASSCO is the sole designer of the MLP ships and has construction contracts to build three.   Once delivered to the fleet, MLP ships will join the Maritime Prepositioning Force squadrons that are strategically located around the world to enable rapid response in a crisis.  These ships will provide a "pier at sea" that will become the core of the Navy/Marine Corps sea basing concept.  This capability will allow prepositioning ships to offload equipment and supplies to the MLP for transfer to shore by other vessels.


 

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