EVERETT — The USNS Montford Point (MLP 1) arrives at Naval Station Everett on the morning of Friday, July 19. The new ship, which departed from San Diego on July 12, is the Navy's first Mobile Landing Platform, and is owned by Military Sealift Command.
Naval Station Everett is Montford Point's temporary layberth. While there, the ship will prepare, practice and conduct final contract trials for the Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey through the early fall.
The ship will also prepare for an industrial work period at Vigor Marine in Portland, Ore., in the late fall to add cargo transfer features. These include a raised vehicle deck, a vehicle transfer ramp, and Landing Craft Air Cushioned vessel lanes.
When it's operational, which is anticipated to occur by the 2015 fiscal year, Montford Point will be forward deployed.
The MLP is a new class of ship designed to provide capability to the U.S. military for large-scale logistics movements from sea to shore. The platform will have two primary capabilities: Transfer of equipment, personnel and sustainment at-sea; and delivery of the vehicles and equipment ashore.
MLPs are being built to provide highly flexible platforms that may be used across a broad range of military operations supporting multiple operational phases. The Navy expects they will significantly reduce dependency on foreign ports and provide support in the absence of any port, making them especially useful during disaster response and for supporting Marines once they are ashore.
MLPs will have a maximum speed of 15 knots and range of 9,500 nautical miles. At 785 feet long, MLPs displace more than 80,000 tons when loaded. Each MLP will be operated by a 34-person contracted crew.
For more information about Military Sealift Command, visit www.msc.navy.mil.
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