USNS Lewis B. Puller christened at General Dynamics NASSCO


The following is the text of a news release from General Dynamics NASSCO:

(SAN DIEGO) — General Dynamics NASSCO, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics, on Saturday christened the U.S. Navy's newest ship, USNS Lewis B. Puller (MLP-3 AFSB). The ship is named in honor of the late U.S. Marine Corps Lieutenant General Lewis "Chesty" Puller, the most decorated Marine and the only one to be awarded five Navy Crosses.

The Saturday morning christening ceremony took place at NASSCO's San Diego shipyard with the commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., as the ceremony's principal speaker. Martha Puller Downs, daughter of Gen. Puller, served as the ship's sponsor. She christened the ship by breaking the traditional bottle of champagne against the vessel's hull.

"Today was a proud moment for the thousands of men and women involved with the design and construction of the USNS Lewis B. Puller," said Kevin M. Graney, vice president and general manager of the General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard. "Like its namesake, Lt. Gen. Lewis B. Puller, the ship signifies strength and increased mobility and capability to support a variety of missions carried out by the U.S. Marine Corps and Navy."

This third mobile landing platform (MLP) is the first ship of the class to be configured as an afloat forward staging base (AFSB), adding a flight deck, berthing, fuel storage, equipment storage, repair spaces, and accommodations for up to 250 personnel. The ship is capable of supporting missions including counterpiracy operations, maritime security operations, humanitarian aid and disaster relief missions and Marine Corps crisis response.

USNS Lewis B. Puller will be delivered to the Navy in the second quarter of 2015.

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By Professional Mariner Staff