SAN DIEGO, May 17 (UPI) -- The U.S. Navy has taken delivery of its first Mobile Landing Platform vessel for large-scale sea-to-shore logistics movement.
The USNS Montford Point was constructed by General Dynamics-NASSCO.
"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. Henry Stevens, PEO Ships' program manager for strategic and theater sealift.
"With its open, reconfigurable mission deck, USNS Montford Point will deliver innovation and exceptional flexibility to future Fleet operations."
The ship weighs 83,000 tons and is 785 feet long. It leverages float-on/float-off technology, which allows it to partially submerge for easy movement of cargo and craft.
It, and other ships of its class to follow, will act as floating bases for amphibious operations and operate as a transfer point between large ships and small landing craft. . The Navy plans to integrate an MLP into each of its Military Sealift Command's Maritime Prepositioning Ship Squadrons.
The USNS Montford Point will undergo test and trials periods during which core capability modules, such as a vehicle staging area, sideport ramp, large mooring fenders and up to three landing craft air cushioned vessel lanes will be installed.