The San Diego-based General Dynamics Nassco shipyard this month launched the U.S. Navy’s first Mobile Landing Platform (MLP)-class ship, less than two years after the start of fabrication. Designed to provide logistics movement from sea to shore, the future USNS Montford Point (MLP-1) will be the lead vessel for a new class of ships providing the Navy with a dedicated seabasing capability. Referred to in Navy circles as a “pier in the ocean,” the MLP class will serve as the ...

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