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General Dynamics Bags USN Contract for MLP AFSB

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The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics NASSCO a $498 million contract for the detail design and construction of the Mobile Landing Platform (MLP) Afloat Forward Staging Base (AFSB). NASSCO is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD). Under this option, NASSCO will provide the detail design and construction efforts to build the second AFSB of the Mobile Landing Platform-class ships. The work will be performed at NASSCO’s San Diego shipyard and is scheduled to be completed by March 2018.

NASSCO Awarded Navy MLP Contract

The US Department of Defense has awarded a Navy Mobile Landing Platform program modification contract to General Dynamics National Steel & Shipbuilding Co., San Diego, Calif. NASSCO has been awarded an $11,200,000 modification on a not-to-exceed basis to previously awarded contract (N00024-09-C-2229) to accomplish the detail design of Afloat Forward Staging Base (AFSB) modifications for the Mobile Landing Platform (MLP) program to support the construction of MLP 3 and MLP 4 which will be AFSB variants. Work will be performed in San Diego, Calif., and is expected to be completed by November 2013. Fiscal 2012 National Defense Sealift funds in the amount of $5,600,000 will be obligated at the time of award. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.

General Dynamics to Build Third Mobile Landing Platform Ship

MLP Ship: Credit NASSCO

Third Mobile Landing Platform Ship for USN ordered from General Dynamics. According to Reuters, General Dynamics Corp has won a $360 million contract to build a third 765-foot-long Mobile Landing Platform ship - a kind of "pier at sea" - for the U.S. Navy. NASSCO informs that once delivered to the fleet, MLP ships will join Maritime Prepositioning Force squadrons that are strategically located around the world to enable rapid response in a crisis. MLP vessels will change the way the Maritime Prepositioning Force operates…

General Dynamics NASSCO $744M Contract

SAN DIEGO – General Dynamics NASSCO announced today that it has received from the U.S. Navy a $744 million modification to its Mobile Landing Platform (MLP) contract to fully fund construction of the first two ships of the new ship class. Construction of the first ship will begin immediately, with delivery to occur by the spring of 2013. The contract includes an option for the construction of a third MLP which, if exercised, will increase the total contract value to approximately $1.3 billion.

Navy Accepts Delivery of USNS Montford Point

USNS Montford Point: Photo credit US Navy

The first Mobile Landing Platform ship, 'USNS Montford Point' (MLP 1),  built by General Dynamics-NASSCO,  accepted in San Diego, Calif. The Mobile Landing Platform is a new class of ship and highly flexible platform that will provide capability for large-scale logistics movements such as the transfer of light and heavy vehicles and equipment from sea to shore. "MLP-1 has gone from concept to delivery in under five years, a remarkable feat reflecting the diligent work of the Navy and shipbuilding team from design through testing and trials," said Capt.

NASSCO Lays Keel of Third U.S. Navy Platform Ship

Artist rendering of Mobile Landing Platform vessel (Photo: General Dynamics NASSCO)

General Dynamics NASSCO today hosted a keel laying ceremony for the USNS Lewis B. Puller, the third ship in the Mobile Landing Platform (MLP) class. The ship is named in honor of Lewis B. Puller, the most decorated U.S. Marine in history and the only one to be awarded five Navy Crosses. Mrs. Elizabeth Glueck was the honoree for the keel-laying ceremony. She is the wife of Lieutenant General Kenneth J. Glueck, Jr., deputy commandant for Combat Development and Integration; commanding general, Marine Corps Combat Development Command; and commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Strategic Command. Mrs.

Lewis B. Puller Successfully Completes Float-Off

Navy's third Mobile Landing Platform

The Navy's third Mobile Landing Platform (MLP), Lewis B. Puller successfully completed launch and float-off at the General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Co. (NASSCO) shipyard Nov. Lewis B. Puller is the first afloat forwarding staging base (AFSB) variant of the MLP. The ship is designed around four core capabilities - aviation, berthing, equipment staging area, and command and control - and optimized to support a variety of maritime missions. "The maturity and stability…

Ocean Ships Inc. Wins Navy MLP Operating Contract

USNS Montford Point: Photo credit NASSCO

Seafarers International Union (SIU) affiliated Ocean Ships to operate 3 new mobile landing platform vessels (MLP) for US Navy. The vessels are being built at General Dynamics NASSCO in San Diego; they are the USNS Montford Point, USNS John Glenn, and USNS Lewis B. Puller. Including options, the Ocean Ships contract is for five years. According to the U.S. Military Sealift Command, the new ships “will be the centerpiece of the Navy’s ‘Sea Base’ concept, and will serve as a transfer point for Marine Corps amphibious landing forces between large ships and small landing craft.

HB Rentals Accommodations for Mighty Servant III

Accommodations specialist, HB Rentals, a Superior Energy Services company, has installed a six-building accommodation package on the Mighty Servant 3 , a Mobile Landing Platform (MLP) Time Charter Project. The package includes three ABS- and USCG-compliant twelve-man sleeper units, a galley/diner, a recreation room and a laundry/conference room. HB will also provide sewage treatment systems, lift pumps, pressure sets, water manifolds, hoses, platforms, stairways, fire panels, slings, transformers and power cords to accompany the buildings. These units will be used for a period of 106 days at an estimated value of $325,000. (www.hbrental.com)  

GD NASSCO Awarded MLP4 Contract Modification

MLP 4 rendering courtesy of USN

US Department of Defense inform that General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Co., San Diego, California, is being awarded a not-to-exceed US$64,056,766 modification under a previously awarded contract (N00024-09-C-2229) to procure advance material for the Mobile Landing Platform 4 (MLP4) Afloat Forward Staging Base platform. DoD explain that this action allows the procurement of ship sets for the purchase specifications supporting integrated propulsion, main diesel generator engines, propeller and shafting, integrated bridge, and voice communications.

US Navy Mobile Landing Platform Christened

Martha Puller Downs, daughter of General Puller christens USNS Lewis B. Puller. (Photo: General Dynamics NASSCO)

General Dynamics NASSCO christened the U.S. Navy’s newest ship, the USNS Lewis B. Puller (MLP-3 AFSB), on Saturday during a christening ceremony held at the San Diego builder’s shipyard. This third Mobile Landing Platform (MLP) is the first ship of the class to be configured as an Afloat Forward Staging Base (AFSB), adding a flight deck, berthing, fuel storage, equipment storage, repair spaces and accommodations for up to 250 personnel. The ship is capable of supporting missions including counter-piracy operations…

General Dynamics NASSCO Begins Construction of USNS John Glenn

San Diego - General Dynamics NASSCO today began construction of the future USNS John Glenn, the second ship of the U.S. Navy’s Mobile Landing Platform (MLP) program. The 765-foot-long ship is scheduled to be delivered to the Navy in the first quarter of 2014. When in service, the ship will be used as an offshore staging area for Navy and Marine personnel and equipment. NASSCO has construction contracts to build a total of three MLP ships. The first ship of the class, the future USNS Montford Point, is currently 48 percent complete at the San Diego shipyard. Once delivered to the fleet, MLP ships will join the Maritime Prepositioning Force squadrons strategically located around the world to enable rapid response in a crisis.

NASSCO Gets $60M for 3rd MLP Long-Lead Materials

General Dynamics NASSCO announced it has received a $60m contract from the U.S. Navy to purchase long-lead materials for the construction of a third Mobile Landing Platform (MLP) ship. NASSCO is already under contract to build two MLP ships. With this new contract, NASSCO will place orders for the ship’s engines and other components that have significant manufacturing lead times. A contract that fully funds construction of the third MLP ship is expected to be awarded by early next year. General Dynamics NASSCO is a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD). The MLP is a new class of auxiliary ship for the Navy. Once delivered, MLP ships will join the three Maritime Prepositioning Force squadrons that are strategically located around the world to enable rapid response in a crisis.

NASSCO Lays Keel of First Mobile Landing Platform Ship

(Photo: General Dynamics NASSCO)

General Dynamics NASSCO hosted a keel laying ceremony for the first Mobile Landing Platform (MLP) ship at the company’s shipyard in San Diego. Mrs. Pat Mills was the honoree for the ceremony. She is the wife of U.S. Marine Corps Lieutenant General Richard P. Mills, Deputy Commandant for Combat Development and Integration. Mrs. Mills validated the keel laying by welding her initials into the ship’s structure. The steel plate with her initials will be permanently affixed to the ship’s keel, remaining with the vessel throughout its time in service.

Navy’s First Mobile Landing Platform Departs San Diego

SAN DIEGO (Nov. 12, 2012) Mobile landing platform ship USNS Montford Point (MLP 1) is floated out of General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of General Dynamics NASSCO/Released)

USNS Montford Point (MLP 1) departs San Diego  for Naval Station Everett, Wash. Montford Point is the Navy’s first mobile landing platform, delivered to the Navy in San Diego May 14 and expected to be fully operational in fiscal year 2015. The ship, crewed by 33 contract mariners working for a company under charter to Military Sealift Command, will perform system tests during the voyage to its temporary layberth. Montford Point is scheduled for final contract trials in September, with its core capability set installed later this year.

MLP 1 Completes Builder's Sea Trials

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.

Cargotec Transfers Battle Tanks Between Ships

 Photo courtesy Cargotec Corporation

Designed to transfer military vehicles between ships at sea to support US Army and Marine Corps land forces as part of the US Navy’s Sea Base strategy, Cargotec’s innovative test article vehicle transfer system (TAVTS) has now successfully completed sea trials. These were carried out by the US Navy’s Strategic and Theatre Sealift Program Office (PMS 385) which is part of Program Executive Office Ships (PEO Ships). TAVTS is part of a risk-reduction effort by the US Department of Defence Maritime Prepositioning Force (Future) when transferring military vehicles between ships at sea.

NASSCO Lays Keel for Future 'USNS John Glenn'

USNS John Glenn: Image credit USN

General Dynamics NASSCO hold keel laying ceremony in its San Diego faciltiy for the future 'USNS John Glenn' (MLP 2). Delivery of this second MLP ship is scheduled for first quarter 2014, and is to be named John Glenn, in honor of John Herschel Glenn, Jr., the former U.S. Marine Corps pilot, astronaut and U.S. senator who was the first American to orbit the Earth and the third American in space. Ms. Lyn Glenn, daughter of John Herschel Glenn, Jr., and Mrs. Helen L. Toolan, wife of Lieutenant General John A.

Textron Awarded $22-M Navy LCAC Contract Modification

LCAC: Photo USN

The US Department of Defense informs that Textron Inc., New Orleans, Louisiana, is being awarded a $21,904,620 modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-12-C-2401) for the construction of Landing Craft, Air Cushion (LCAC) 101 of the ship-to-shore connector (SSC) program. DoD explains that the SSC program is the functional replacement for the existing fleet of LCAC vehicles, which are nearing the end of their service life. It is an air cushion vehicle designed for a 30-year service life.

NASSCO Begins Construction on ESB Ship

Second ship of the U.S. Navy's newly reclassified Expeditionary Base Mobile (ESB) program

Today General Dynamics NASSCO, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics began construction on the second ship of the U.S. Navy's newly reclassified Expeditionary Base Mobile (ESB) program. The 784-foot ship will be configured with a 52,000 square-foot flight deck, fuel and equipment storage, repair spaces, magazines, mission planning spaces and accommodations for up to 250 personnel. The ship will be capable of supporting multiple missions including Air Mine Counter Measures (AMCM)…

NASSCO Invests in Facilities, Equipment and People

General Dynamics NASSCO has invested several hundred million in capital projects as part of its efforts to increase efficiencies via  modular shipbuilding, including: two 300-ton cranes allowing shipbuilders the ability to increase the size of the erectable blocks; a block assembly line to optimize construction of commercial ship blocks; inverted block and grand block outfit areas to more fully install components and equipment on blocks; and a state-of the-art, environmentally-friendly blast and paint facility to paint blocks indoors with high capacity equipment.

Ocean Ships, APT, Awarded DoD Contract Modifications

USNS Montford Point: Photo MSC

1. Ocean Ships, Inc., Houston, Texas, is being awarded a $10,461,769 modification for the previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00033-13-C-3333) to exercise the second option period of this contract for the operation and maintenance of two Mobile Landing Platform ships, USNS Montford Point and USNS John Glenn. These ships support the Military Sealift Command’s prepositioning fleet by transferring rolling stock and other cargos in-stream with other ships via ramp connections, as well as landing and deploying air-cushion non-displacement craft by means of inclined decks.

USNS Montford Point Floated from NASSCO Building Dock

The first Mobile Landing Platform (MLP) ship, USNS Montford Point. (Photo: NASSCO)

General Dynamics NASSCO completed the complex float out operation for the first Mobile Landing Platform (MLP) ship, USNS Montford Point. Construction of the USNS Montford Point is progressing ahead of schedule, with the ship currently at 91% complete. The ship will now undergo final outfitting and testing pier side before completing sea trials. USNS Montford Point is scheduled to be christened in March 2013 and delivered to the U.S. Navy in May 2013. Fabrication of the second MLP, the USNS John Glenn, began in April 2012.

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