The USNS Montford Point (MLP 1) will arrive at Naval Station Everett tomorrow morning. The new ship, which departed San Diego July 12, is the Navy's first mobile landing platform and is owned by Military Sealift Command.
Naval Station Everett is Montford Point's temporary layberth. While here, the ship will prepare, practice and conduct final contract trials for the Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey through early fall.
The ship will also prepare for an industrial work period at Vigor Marine in Portland, Ore., in late in fall to add cargo transfer features. These include a raised vehicle deck, a vehicle transfer ramp, and LCAC (Landing Craft, Air Cushioned vessel) lanes.
When operational (anticipated by fiscal year 2015), Montford Point will be forward deployed.
The MLP is a new class of ship that will provide capability to the U.S. military for large-scale logistics movements from sea to shore. The platform will have two primary capabilities, transfer of equipment, personnel and sustainment at-sea and delivery of the vehicles and equipment ashore.
MLPs are highly flexible platforms that may be used across a broad range of military operations supporting multiple operational phases. They will significantly reduce dependency on foreign ports and provide support in the absence of any port, making it especially useful during disaster response and for supporting Marines once they are ashore.
MLP will have a maximum speed of 15 knots and range of 9500 nautical miles. At 785 feet long, MLP displaces more than 80,000 tons when loaded. The MLPs will be operated by a 34-person contracted crew.