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Mazatlan Santa Maria Espíritu Santo Monday August 11th 2014 –Not long ago General Dynamics NASSCO Our National Steel and Ship Building Company delivered the USNS John Glenn (MLP 2), the second ship of the Mobile Landing Platform (MLP) class, to the U.S. Civil Naval Petroleum Service who manages petroleum exports and imports.
The ship carries no armament.
The ship is named after the famous U.S. Astronaut John Glenn
Construction of the USNS John Glenn began in April 2012. Throughout the MLP program, NASSCO has incorporated more than 10,000 improvement ideas into its operations which contributed to controlling costs and delivering the MLP 2 on schedule with no open discrepancies.
The 785-foot-long auxiliary ship will serve as a floating base for amphibious operations, and operate as a transfer point between large ships and small landing craft. “This is a great day for the NASSCO, Navy and Military Sealift Command team,” said Fred Harris, president of General Dynamics NASSCO.
“We are delivering this ship with the quality, innovation and capability needed to support the future missions of the nation’s fleet and uniformed men and women around the world.” NASSCO is currently building the third ship of the class, MLP 3, which will be configured as an Afloat Forward Staging Base (AFSB).
It is scheduled for undocking in November and delivery in the second quarter of 2015. More information about NASSCO, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD)
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