Posted by: arbeam | March 5, 2013

USNS Montford Point (T-MLP 1) Christened in San Diego

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SAN DIEGO (NNS) — The Navy’s first mobile landing platform ship, USNS Montford Point (T-MLP 1), was christened at the General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard in San Diego, March 2.

Owned and operated by Military Sealift Command, Montford Point was christened by its sponsor, Alexis “Jackie” Bolden, the wife of current NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. Gen. James F. Amos, Commandant of the Marine Corps, delivered the ceremony’s principal address and Rear Adm. Mark H. Buzby, commander of MSC, also spoke on behalf of the ship and crew. “This ship, with its unique capabilities, will become the centerpiece of sea-basing, allowing the U.S. Navy to raise forward-operations to a new level,” said Buzby. “Wherever the call, whatever the need, USNS Montford Point will be part of the Navy’s global force for good,” he said.

The first of three MLPs being built for MSC by NASSCO, Montford Point will join MSC’s Maritime Prepositioning Force as a seagoing pier in the event that accessibility to onshore bases is denied.It’s the corner stone of the Navy’s sea-base concept, serving as a transfer point for a Marine Corps amphibious landing force between large ships and ship-to-shore landing craft. The ship also provides the ability to transfer vehicles and equipment at sea while interfacing with surface connectors to deliver the vehicles and equipment ashore, improving the Navy’s ability to deliver equipment and cargo from offshore to an amphibious objective.

Montford Point is named in honor of the 20,000 African-American Marine Corps recruits who trained at Montford Point Camp, N.C., from 1942 to 1949.

Navy News article

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