Last week, the Strategic and Theater Sealift Program Manager, Captain Henry Stevens, said that over months of at-sea testing, USNS Montford Point (MLP-1), the first ship of the U.S. Navy’s class of Mobile Landing Platform (MLP) demonstrated exceptional capabilities and inherent flexibility during her participation in a series of Post-Delivery Tests and Trials (PDT&T) events. These events, held in the Pacific Northwest and Southern California, successfully evaluated and demonstrated the performance of the ship and her systems.
PDT&T began on Montford Point in April 2014, following installation of her Core Capabilities Set (CCS) and in advance of achievement of the ship class’ Initial Operating Capability (IOC), which the U.S. Navy looks forward to declaring in April 2015.
Montford Point participated in many of PDT&T events, including the Initial Operational Test and Evaluation (IOT&E) end-to-end event, designed to determine the operational effectiveness and suitability of the program. Directly following completion of the end-to-end event, and without pulling into port, USNS Montford Point (MLP-1) displayed her capabilities during the Fleet’s Pacific Horizon 2015, a week-long scenario-driven humanitarian assistance and disaster relief exercise.
Throughout the course of these tests and exercises, USNS Montford Point demonstrated many of her capabilities by interfacing with prepositioning ships and the Improved Navy Lighterage System (INLS) to offload equipment and supplies for transshipment to shore by Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC). These capabilities are the cornerstone of the U.S. Navy’s seabasing strategy, further enabling large-scale logistics movements from sea to shore forces and prepositioned Marine Corps equipment from the Sea Base to the shore, significantly reducing dependency on foreign ports.
Mobile Landing Platform
The Mobile Landing Platform will become the centerpiece of the Sea Base. It will facilitate the selective offload of prepositioned equipment. In concert with JHSV (Joint High Speed Vessel) and prepositioned LMSRs (Large, Medium-Speed Roll-on/Roll-off Ships), MLP will facilitate movement of forces and prepositioned Marine Corps equipment from the Sea Base to the shore via LCAC. The MLP is planned for use across the range of military operations including Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Response (HA/DR), Theater Security Cooperation, and Major Combat Operations.
Dimensions and Performance
Displacement: 78,000 tons (fully loaded)
Length, Overall: 785 feet/239.3 m
Beam: 164 feet/50 m
Draft: 29.5 feet/9 m (fully loaded); 39 feet/12 m (load line)
Sustained Speed: >15 knots/17 mph/28 km/h
Endurance: over 9,500 NM/17,594 km at 15 knots/17 mph/28 km/h
- Twin-screw diesel electric
- 4 MAN/B&W medium speed diesel main engines
- 24 MW diesel electric plant
- 2 MW Azimuth Vertically Retractable Bow Thrusters
- Skin to skin transfer to/from LMSR and JHSV
- 25,000 square feet of vehicle stowage
- Fender stowage and handling gear
- 34 Military Sealift Command (MSC) personnel
- Including hotel Services to support berthing modules
- 3 MW 60 Hz power
- Over 100,000 gal potable water
- Over 590,000 gal JP-5 (Jet Propellant 5)
- 3 LCAC spots
- Space for LCAC support containers (O-Level support)
- 60 Hz
- AFFF (Aqueous Film Forming Foam)
- Potable water/LCAC wash-down