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NASSCO Completes Testing MLP Mobile Amphibious Platform

NASSCO Completes Testing MLP Mobile Amphibious Platform

The US Navy announced the successful completion of the factory sea test of the second mobile landing platform "John Glenn" (MLP 2), designed for the US Navy.

During the week, General Steel National Shipbuilding (NASSCO) conducted an inspection of the main components of the ship, communications, navigation and combat systems.

According to the test results, NASSCO will eliminate the identified observations to prepare the platform for acceptance tests, which will be conducted by the US Navy's Technical Control and Inspection Team in mid-April.

As TSAMTO previously reported, in May 2011, a contract was signed with NASSCO worth 744,13 million for the creation of a working project and the construction of the first two MLP platforms. In June, 2011, NASSCO announced it had signed a contract with the US Navy weapons systems for the purchase of materials with long lead times for the construction of a third platform.

Ceremony laying the keel of the head platform MLP 1 "Montfort Point" was held 19 January 2012 year. In May 2013, she was transferred to the US Navy and will be ready to perform tasks for the purpose of the 2015 year.

The keel of the second MLP platform “John Glenn” was laid out in December 2012 of the year, the third - “Lewis B. Puller” - 5 of November 2013 of the year.

As expected, the MLP 2 will be transferred to the US Navy in the first quarter of 2014. The delivery of the Lewis B.Puller platform to the US Navy is scheduled for the second quarter of 2015.

New landing platforms will significantly reduce the dependence of the US Armed Forces on foreign ports and provide support for military and humanitarian operations in their absence.
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  1. Figvam
    Figvam 21 January 2014 12: 14
    cool barge
    1. 2014Bog2014
      2014Bog2014 21 January 2014 13: 47
      Minus, right? Who agrees +
    2. Denis
      Denis 21 January 2014 13: 57
      Quote: Figvam
      cool barge

      As a target.
      1. CHILD
        CHILD 22 January 2014 01: 01
        it’s a pity they just know how to build such targets so quickly ..... there is something we are striving for ....
    3. ShturmKGB
      ShturmKGB 21 January 2014 17: 45
      In fact, an interesting thing, especially Russia needs to be interested, its military bases in the world's oceans are much smaller than the United States ...
      1. kirieeleyson
        kirieeleyson 22 January 2014 08: 27
        Moreover, the platform is universal. Cargo transportation in peacetime, especially given their location and the transfer of production from China to the United States. Closed to itself a full production cycle + logistics and voila. The supply of bases, the transfer of troops, equipment in wartime is a rather slow transport, given the concept of their global strike .. As the most expected use case, go to the promising area of ​​a theater of operations as part of the AUG as an element of a ground attack brigade, the composition can vary depending on the degree conflict ... well, this is not new, in my opinion it’s easier to pull as many troops as necessary into any theater area in one of their many air bases.
    4. Basarev
      Basarev 21 January 2014 19: 46
      What do you think, only without ridicule and jokes, is it possible to build a modern combat raft?
      1. chunga-changa
        chunga-changa 21 January 2014 20: 28
        Yes, for what tasks do you plan to use?
        1. Basarev
          Basarev 21 January 2014 22: 00
          I am interested in the coastal zone and other shallow waters, where large ships have no way. I think that combat rafts will be extremely effective in operations in shallow waters due to low draft
          1. Cherdak
            Cherdak 21 January 2014 22: 57
            The Americans scratched their turnips for a long time and gave birth to a variant of a floating fortress with low draft. Seen in childhood did not finish the game ...

            Dial: RAFT / FLOATING FORTRESS is curious, but so far unpromising
  2. Salamander
    Salamander 21 January 2014 12: 25
    Yes, the Americans are preparing for the introduction of democracy ...
  3. S-200
    S-200 21 January 2014 12: 36
    I wonder what they think about this American landing barge ...
    Chinese comrades?
    or they already ... without hesitation - DO!? lol
    1. Salamander
      Salamander 21 January 2014 17: 30
      Without further ado laughing
  4. polkovnik manuch
    polkovnik manuch 21 January 2014 12: 38
    Earlier, if memory does not change similar designs of ships in the merchant fleet, there were already and were called "well-type ships" - this was done in order not to show the full tonnage. This platform will be promising, although it will have enough problems for the next years. These are primarily reception issues. ICEs on unequipped coastal stability issues.
    1. Lyapis
      Lyapis 21 January 2014 13: 05
      Now Americans are using re-equipped civilian (former) ships for these purposes, so their concept is far from new. And, by the way, such ships do not have the task of unloading on an unequipped coast.
      The site had an interesting article about these ships, but unfortunately I do not remember its name, can someone tell me ... what
      1. Zapasnoy
        Zapasnoy 21 January 2014 15: 05
        Probably this article you have in mind:
  5. mountain
    mountain 21 January 2014 12: 39
    How many human labors are at the bottom of the sea, and how many more will be there.
  6. Papakiko
    Papakiko 21 January 2014 12: 44
    Ceremony laying the keel of the head platform MLP 1 "Montfort Point" was held 19 January 2012 year. In May 2013, she was transferred to the US Navy and will be ready to perform tasks for the purpose of the 2015 year.
    I like pearls in these lines.
    The keel was laid on January 19, 2012.
    In May 2013 transferred to the Navy.
    And the ability to complete tasks will come by 2015.
    Will the US Navy be tested or completed for a year and a half?
    If the ship was handed over to the fleet, it means that it is ready to enter the combat / training service.
    Isn't that LHA? LHD and far from CVN with SSN.
    P3,14 are engaged in "partners" with the timing of the construction and commissioning of ships.
    "Waffle" is notable and it has been "sucked" more than once here in the topics.
    We can only see dreams for the needs of the Navy to see such ships.
    And the Chinese are great!
    RRRRaz and are already building SECOND for the Navy and the FIRST Aircraft Carrier in its history.
    And At the same time they go into the development of the USSR school and experience. Leave missile weapons on it.
    1. clidon
      clidon 21 January 2014 20: 39
      Will the US Navy be tested or completed for a year and a half?

      Of course, to develop the capabilities of this lead vessel. So they have with all types of weapons - to get a device from the industry is one thing, the other to bring it to a fully operational state.

      And At the same time they go into the development of the USSR school and experience. Leave missile weapons on it.

      Firstly, it is not known what is really left there and what is not. And secondly - missiles on Soviet ships were not from a good life.
  7. moremansf
    moremansf 21 January 2014 13: 50
    The landing mobile platform is a new class of ships and a very flexible platform that will allow for large-scale supply operations, such as the delivery of light and heavy vehicles and equipment from sea to shore.
    The US Marine Corps and Navy have high hopes for the MLP project. The fact is that such vessels, in contrast to the universal landing craft (UDC) of the Wasp and America projects, are capable of performing a number of transport tasks with greater efficiency. These benefits are complemented by a relatively small price. The MLP project was made on the basis of commercial Alaska type tankers already mastered in production. This has a corresponding impact on the price of development and construction. So, the head UDC of the America project cost the Pentagon 3,4 a billion dollars. For the construction of the first ship of the type MLP had to pay several times less - "only" 500 millions. Even with a reduction in the cost of new UDC in connection with the mass production of “Mobile landing platforms” will retain unconditional financial leadership.
    By their dimensions, MLP ships differ from UDC America sizes (length 233 m, width 50 m versus 257 and 32 m, respectively), but they have almost twice the displacement of about 80 th. Tons. Like universal landing ships, MLP have a large deck with an area of ​​about 25 thousand square feet (more than 2300 square meters), on which helicopters and aircraft of suitable types can be transported. First of all, it is MH-60 and MV-22. Inside the ship's hull cargo holds are located. A characteristic feature of the MLP project is a complex of fuel tanks with a total volume of about a thousand cubic meters of 1,4. These tanks are primarily intended for the transport of JP-5 aviation fuel.
    According to available data, there are three LCAC hovercraft hangars in the front of the holds. Each such boat can take almost 70 tons of cargo on board and deliver it to the shore at a speed of more than 40 nodes. Thus, during an over-the-horizon assault landing only with the use of hovercraft, MLP-type ships have the same capabilities as the Wasp UDA. At the same time, up to three tanks or manned infantry can be delivered to the coast by water. Under certain reservations, the potential for the transfer of troops by helicopters or convertiplane MV-550 can be considered equal. One way or another, MLPs are capable of performing a number of characteristic UDC tasks with at least not less efficiency.
    1. Papakiko
      Papakiko 21 January 2014 14: 13
      Quote: moremansf
      Inside the hull are cargo holds.

      You show with your finger which part exactly, all your hold miracles are located at this Submersible vessel. Probably the one where the gaping void?
      Search the Internet and read how submersible vessels are used.
      Or the entire Base of advanced basing on any shelf anywhere in the sea-okiyana.

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      Or a mobile berth of high factory readiness, following the example of Pantone Park.
      1. anton 42
        anton 42 21 January 2014 16: 36
        0 здесь видно как их будут перевозить.
        1. Papakiko
          Papakiko 22 January 2014 18: 56
          Quote: anton 42
          here you can see how they will be transported.

          In your case, go further along the fence, form, there is much more to be written.
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  9. konvalval
    konvalval 21 January 2014 21: 44
    I'm somehow not very happy. To put it mildly.
  10. alone
    alone 21 January 2014 22: 58
    For the sake of justice, it should be noted that a very good landing platform.