Navy to Christen Second Mobile Landing Platform
Navy to Christen Second
Mobile Landing Platform
Source : U.S. Department of Defense
San Diego -- January 30, 2014 -- (NNS)
-- The Navy will christen Mobile Landing Platform (MLP) John Glenn Feb. 1,
during a 10 a.m. PST ceremony in San Diego, Calif.
The christening ceremony will be webcast on the Navy Live
blog at http://navylive.dodlive.mil.
Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert, will
deliver the ceremony's principal address. Lyn Glenn, daughter of John Glenn,
will serve as the ship's sponsor.
Upon delivery to the U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command (MSC),
John Glenn will be designated as a United States Naval Ship (USNS), and will
have a core crew of 34 civilian mariners who will operate and navigate the ship.
"The christening of the future USNS John Glenn (MLP 2), a
ship that will help usher in a new age of Navy and Marine Corps operations, is a
fitting tribute to a man whose years of service to his nation as a Marine, a
U.S. Senator and an astronaut helped shape the future of the United States
itself," Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus said.
San Diego (January 9, 2014) The
Military Sealift Command mobile landing ship USNS John Glenn (MLP 2) underway
off the California coast. John Glenn successfully completed Builder's Sea Trials
on Jan. 13. The ship is expected to be delivered to the Navy in March following
The future USNS John Glenn (MLP 2), will honor John Glenn,
the legendary astronaut who is the last surviving member of the Mercury 7 crew.
He was the first American to orbit the Earth on Friendship 7 and even flew
aboard the Discovery space shuttle at the age of 77.
In 1942 while a junior in college, Glenn enlisted in the
Naval Reserve to become a naval aviation cadet. He then entered active duty to
the Naval Aviation Pre-Flight School in Iowa and became a naval aviator while he
was a Marine. Glenn flew 59 combat missions as a Marine during World War II
along with 90 combat missions in Korea. He was also a U.S. Senator, serving for
John Glenn is the second ship of the Montford Point-Class.
Using the commercially designed Alaska-class crude oil carrier as its base, the
Navy's Strategic and Theater Sealift Program Office worked in conjunction with
General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO) to develop a
design that supports the Navy's core capabilities while maintaining low costs.
The ship will leverage float-on/float-off technology,
allowing John Glenn to partially submerge, facilitating easy movement of cargo
and craft. Additionally, the ship's size allows for 25,000 square feet of
vehicle and equipment stowage space, tankage for 100,000 gallons of potable
water and 380,000 gallons of JP-5 fuel storage.
With this set of capabilities, the ship is able to easily
transfer personnel and vehicles from other vessels such as the large,
medium-speed, roll-on/roll-off ships (LMSRs) onto landing craft air cushioned
(LCAC) vehicles and transport them ashore.
MLP has a maximum speed of 15 knots and range of 9,500
nautical miles. At 785 feet long, MLPs displace more than 78,000 tons when fully
loaded. The platform with its open, reconfigurable mission deck will serve as an
important flexible and transformational asset to the Navy as it can be
reconfigured to support a wide variety of future operations.