General Dynamics NASSCO Begins Construction of the Future USNS John Glenn

SAN DIEGO – Gen­er­al Dynam­ics NASSCO today began con­struc­tion of the future USNS John Glenn, the sec­ond ship of the U.S. Navy’s Mobile Land­ing Plat­form (MLP) pro­gram. The 765-foot long ship is sched­uled to be deliv­ered to the Navy in the first quar­ter of 2014. When in ser­vice, the ship will be used as an off­shore stag­ing area for Navy and U.S. Marine Corps per­son­nel and equip­ment.

NASSCO has con­struc­tion con­tracts to build a total of three Mobile Land­ing Plat­form ships. The first ship of the class, the future USNS Mont­ford Point, is cur­rent­ly 48 per­cent com­plete at the San Diego ship­yard. Once deliv­ered to the fleet, MLP ships will join the Mar­itime Prepo­si­tion­ing Force squadrons that are strate­gi­cal­ly locat­ed around the world to enable rapid response in a cri­sis. These ships will pro­vide a “pier at sea” that will become the core of the Navy/Marine Corps sea bas­ing con­cept. This capa­bil­i­ty will allow prepo­si­tion­ing ships to offload equip­ment and sup­plies to the MLP for trans­ship­ment to shore by oth­er ves­sels.

Addi­tion­al infor­ma­tion on Gen­er­al Dynam­ics NASSCO, a busi­ness unit of Gen­er­al Dynam­ics (NYSE: GD), can be found at

Gen­er­al Dynam­ics