General Dynamics NASSCO Christens USNS Montford Point

            General Dynamics NASSCO Christens USNS Montford Point

PR Newswire

SAN DIEGO, March 2, 2013

SAN DIEGO, March 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --General Dynamics NASSCO, a wholly
owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), today christened the U.S.
Navy's newest ship, USNS Montford Point (MLP-1). Named in honor of Camp
Montford Point, the Jacksonville, N.C., site where the first African-American
Marines were trained, the USNS Montford Point is the first ship of three
Mobile Landing Platform (MLP) vessels being designed and built by NASSCO.

More than 1,000 people attended the Saturday morning christening ceremony at
NASSCO's San Diego shipyard. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus was the
ceremony's principal speaker. Alexis (Jackie) Bolden, wife of NASA
Administrator Charles Bolden, served as the ship's sponsor. She christened
the ship by breaking the traditional bottle of champagne against the vessel's

"NASSCO delivers high-quality, mission-ready ships to the fleet and MLP 1 is
no exception," said Fred Harris, president of General Dynamics NASSCO.
"NASSCO's performance on the MLP program is a direct reflection of our
design-build strategy. When MLP 1 construction began, 100 percent of the
design was complete, nearly all the production planning was complete, and all
the material to support production was in the pipeline. The result of this
rigorous approach to shipbuilding is a high-quality, affordable vessel that
was 91 percent complete at undocking and now more than 97 percent complete at
christening. MLP 1 is on track to be delivered under budget and

"Thanks to the efforts of the Navy and NASSCO team, the MLP Class provides a
model for success. Industry and the Navy must continue to work hand-in-hand
to seek low-cost, affordable solutions," Harris said.

USNS Montford Point is the first ship of the Montford Point Class (T-MLP).
MLP ships will serve as a floating base for amphibious operations, and operate
as a transfer point between large ships and small landing craft. Following
its at-sea testing phase, USNS Montford Point will be delivered to the Navy in
the second quarter of 2013.

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