General Dynamics NASSCO Lays Keel of Second Mobile Landing Platform Ship
SAN DIEGO, Dec. 5, 2012
SAN DIEGO, Dec. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- General Dynamics NASSCO hosted a keel
laying ceremony for the second Mobile Landing Platform (MLP) ship today at the
company's San Diego shipbuilding facility. Ms. Lyn Glenn, daughter of John
Herschel Glenn, Jr., the first American astronaut to orbit the Earth, and Mrs.
Helen L. Toolan, wife of Lieutenant General John A. Toolan, Jr., Commanding
General, I Marine Expeditionary Force, were the honorees for the ceremony.
Glenn and Toolan validated the MLP ship's keel by welding their initials onto
a steel plate. The steel plate on which their initials are welded will be
permanently affixed to the ship's keel, remaining with the vessel throughout
its time in service.
Delivery of the second MLP ship is scheduled for first quarter 2014. This
second MLP ship will be named John Glenn, in honor of John Herschel Glenn,
Jr., the former U.S. Marine Corps pilot, astronaut and U.S. senator. Glenn
was the first American to orbit the Earth and the third American in space.
"Laying the keel of this second Mobile Landing Platform and finishing
construction of the first ship are the latest milestones in this successful
shipbuilding program," said Fred Harris, president of General Dynamics
NASSCO. "These events serve as evidence of the NASSCO team building and
delivering MLP ships efficiently, in support of U.S. Navy efforts to maintain
a forward presence."
The MLP is a 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 it especially useful during
disaster response and for supporting Marines once they are ashore. The MLP in
its basic form possesses a core capability set that supports a vehicle staging
area, sideport ramp, large mooring fenders and up to three landing craft air
cushioned vessel (LCAC) lanes.
Additional information on General Dynamics NASSCO, a business unit of General
Dynamics (NYSE: GD), can be found at www.nassco.com.
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