NASSCO Awarded Design Contract for Mobile Landing Platform Ship

Released on Tuesday, February 17, 2009
United States of America
Lewis and Clark
LCAC - Landing Craft, Air Cushion
MLP - Mobile Landing Platform
MPF(F) - Maritime Preposition Force (Future)
NASSCO - National Steel and Shipbuilding Company
SAN DIEGO - General Dynamics NASSCO, a wholly-owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), has been awarded a $3.5 million design contract for the U.S. Navy's Mobile Landing Ship (MLP) program. Under the contract, NASSCO will develop a preliminary ship design based on Navy requirements. A contract for the detail design and construction of up to three ships could be awarded next year.

The MLP is a new class of auxiliary ship for the Navy's Maritime Prepositioning Force of the Future (MPF(F)) program. The ship is intended to serve as a transfer station or floating pier at sea, improving the U.S. military's ability to deliver equipment and cargo to areas where port access is limited or unavailable. Early requirements of the ship include the ability to land helicopters, a facility for the operation of air cushioned landing crafts (LCACs), and the capability for ship-to-ship transfer of equipment from large-draft prepositioning ships to others vessels, including T-AKE ships.

"We are pleased to be selected to design this revolutionary auxiliary ship," said Fred Harris, president of General Dynamics NASSCO. We look forward to working closely with the Navy to further understand the requirements and ensure our team creates an affordable, effective MLP design.

Source: General Dynamics NASSCO Awarded Design Contract for Mobile Landing Platform Ship

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