Tomorrow the Navy will christen the mobile landing platform, U.S.N.S. Montford Point at the General Dynamics shipyard in San Diego.
The public is invited to a 9 a.m. ceremony to welcome the first of three vessels in the mobile landing platform class of Navy ships.
U.S.N.S. Montford Point (T-MLP 1) is named for the approximately 20,000 African-American Marine Corps recruits who trained at the North Carolina facility from 1942 to 1949.
Their exceptional service prompted President Truman to sign an executive order in 1948 disallowing segregation in the Marine Corps. These 20,000 Marines were recently recognized with our nation’s highest civilian honor for distinguished achievement, the Congressional Gold Medal.
The highly flexible platform will provide capability for large-scale logistics movements such as the transfer of vehicles and equipment from sea to shore.
The Department of Defense says the new vessels will reduce dependency on foreign ports in addition to providing Marines support in the absence of any ports in their area of operation, making it literally a “pier at sea.”
Mobile landing platforms will be especially effective for disaster response for the Marines as well.
The DOD also added this about the U.S.N.S. Montford Point:
The ship will leverage float-on/float-off technology, allowing Montford Point 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 and 380,000 gallons of JP-5 fuel storage.
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