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  • 28 September 2017
    Authorities

    The US Navy’s afloat forward staging base-interim USS Ponce (AFSB(I) 15) returned to Naval Station Norfolk September 27 after spending over five years overseas. The navy’s first laser-weapon system fitted ship returned from the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations and is set to be decommissioned and dismantled later this year. Nicknamed “Proud Lion,” Ponce […]

  • 3 February 2012
    Authorities

    U.S. Fleet Forces Command (USFF) beagn requesting volunteers from USFF activities to man the soon-to-be redesignated USS Ponce (LPD 15) for operations in the U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM) Area of Responsibility (AOR), Feb. 2. USS Ponce will serve as an Afloat Forward Staging Base (AFSB), instead of its orginal plan to decommission in March. Ponce […]

  • 10 November 2014
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Research & Development

    The US Navy’s third Mobile Landing Platform (MLP), Lewis B. Puller successfully completed launch and float-off at the General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Co. (NASSCO) shipyard Nov. 6. Lewis B. Puller is the first afloat forwarding staging base (AFSB) variant of the MLP. The ship is designed around four core capabilities – aviation, berthing, […]

  • 25 June 2015
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Research & Development

    Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division (NSWC PCD) installed the Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Intelligence (C4I) suite aboard the afloat forward staging base variant of the mobile landing platform USNS Lewis B. Puller (MLP 3/AFSB) following recently completed acceptance trials. Project Engineer Richard Childress said the C4I installation efforts were successfully completed to […]

  • 2 June 2016
    Authorities, Industry news

    The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics NASSCO, a subsidiary of General Dynamics, a $106 million contract to procure long lead time material and engineering support for the fifth Expeditionary Mobile Base ship (ESB-5). Formerly known as the Mobile Landing Platform Afloat Forward Staging Base program, Expeditionary Mobile Base is a ship that provides logistics movement from sea […]

  • 24 September 2012
    Training & Education

    The U.S. Navy’s first Afloat Forward Staging Base (Interim) USS Ponce (AFSB(I) 15), will showcase its much anticipated capabilities in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR) during International Mine Countermeasures Exercise 2012 (IMCMEX 12), Sept. 16-27. Designated as an amphibious transport dock (LPD) more than 41 years ago, Ponce was converted and reclassified […]

  • 16 October 2017
    Authorities

    The US Navy has decommissioned its afloat forward staging base (interim) USS Ponce (AFSB(I) 15) in a ceremony held at Naval Station Norfolk. USS Ponce was decommissioned on October 14, after more than 46 years of naval service. Commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic, Rear Adm. Jesse A. Wilson Jr., provided keynote remarks. Wilson highlighted the significance […]

  • 6 July 2012

    The U.S. Navy’s first afloat forward staging base-interim, USS Ponce (AFSB-I), arrived in Bahrain for duty in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR), July 6. Prior to arriving in theater, Ponce, formerly designated as an amphibious transport dock (LPD), was converted and reclassified as an AFSB(I) in April to fulfill a long-standing U.S. […]

  • 16 June 2015
    Authorities

    The US Navy’s first Afloat Forward Staging Base (AFSB) variant of the Mobile Landing Platform, USNS Lewis B. Puller, was delivered to the Navy in San Diego, June 12. Built by General Dynamics NASSCO, delivery of the ship follows a series of at-sea tests and trials in San Diego. The Mobile Landing Platform (MLP) AFSB […]

  • 3 June 2015
    Authorities, Training & Education

    U.S. Army and U.S. Navy explosive ordnance disposal, or EOD, technicians trained together at sea during the May Underway exercise. Army EOD Soldiers from the Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico-based 21st EOD Company “Blackjacks” trained with Navy EOD technicians aboard an Afloat Forward Staging Base in the Atlantic Ocean. The 21st EOD Company is […]

  • 5 February 2015
    Authorities

    US Navy’s future USNS Lewis B. Puller (MLP 3 AFSB) will be christened on Saturday, February 7, at  General Dynamics NASSCO Shipyard, in San Diego. The MLP AFSB is designed to provide dedicated support for Airborne Mine Countermeasures (AMCM) as well as special warfare missions. The ship is capable of supporting additional missions including: counter-piracy operations, […]

  • 24 June 2015
    Authorities, Training & Education

    US Navy’s USNS Spearhead (JHSV-1), operated by the Military Sealift Command, departed Panama City, Florida, upon the completion of Fleet Experimentation (FLEX) period one from June 14 – 22. The FLEX Campaign portion of SPS-JHSV-15 examined the composition, transport, deployment and employment of mission enabling Adaptive Force Packages (AFPs) and associated command and control gear […]

  • 13 March 2014
    Industry news

    General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding (NASSCO) has received a USD 128.5 million contract modification to previously awarded contract to accomplish detail design and construction of the Mobile Landing Platform (MLP) 3 Afloat Forward Staging Base (AFSB).   NASSCO laid the keel for MLP-3 on 5 November 2013 at its shipyad in San Diego, California. […]

  • 29 October 2014
    Authorities, Research & Development, Training & Education

    Forty-two nations, engaged with their units in a training area stretching between the Persian Gulf and the Red Sea, launched IMCMEX 14 (International Mine Counter Measure Exercise), the largest exercise of its kind. The third edition of the International MCM Exercise hosted by the U.S. Naval Force Central Command (NAVCENT), aims at training a multinational […]

  • 17 August 2017
    Authorities

    The US Navy is set to commission the Expeditionary Sea Base USS Lewis B. Puller (ESB 3) in a ceremony on Thursday at Khalifa bin Salman Port in Al Hidd, Bahrain. The ship still bears the designation of a Military Sealift Command ship but will become a full blown warship after it is commissioned at around 5 p.m. […]

  • 10 October 2014
    Authorities, Research & Development, Training & Education

    SEALs and Marine Special Operations (MARSOC) forces from Special Operations Command Pacific conducted maritime interoperability training aboard Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73), Sept. 22-29. Using the carrier as an afloat forward staging base, the task force demonstrated increased flexibility and a range of options to conduct operations when and where needed most. […]

  • 6 November 2014
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Research & Development, Training & Education

    Spearhead-class joint high speed vessel USNS Choctaw County (JHSV 2) is conducting proof-of-concept testing during Exercise Bold Alligator 2014 as an afloat forward staging base style platform. Bold Alligator 2014 is underway in multiple states and along the Eastern Seaboard. In addition to 18 other U.S. Navy and coalition ships, one of the Navy’s newest […]

  • 27 January 2017
    Authorities, Industry news

    General Dynamics NASSCO began construction on the fifth ship of the U.S. Navy’s expeditionary transfer dock (ESD)/expeditionary sea base (ESB) program on January 25. The still unnamed fifth ESB ship will feature a a 52,000 square-foot flight deck, fuel and equipment storage, repair spaces, magazines, mission planning spaces and accommodations for up to 250 personnel. Serving as […]

  • 15 October 2015
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Industry news, Research & Development

    General Dynamics NASSCO, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics, began construction on the second ship of the U.S. Navy’s newly reclassified Expeditionary Base Mobile (ESB) program yesterday, October 14. The 784-foot ship will be configured with a 52,000 square-foot flight deck, fuel and equipment storage, repair spaces, magazines, mission planning spaces and accommodations for […]

  • 28 October 2016
    Authorities, Equipment & technology

    The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding (NASSCO) a $34.5 million contract for the post shakedown availability of USNS Lewis B. Puller (T-ESB 3). During the maintenance works, NASSCO will also upgrade the ship to allow it to support special operations forces. Lt. Cmdr. Matthew Muehlbauer, Puller’s military crew officer-in-charge, said in June this year […]

  • 9 February 2015
    Authorities

    General Dynamics NASSCO on Saturday christened the U.S. Navy’s newest ship, the 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 […]

  • 6 July 2018
    Authorities, Vessels

    The Military Sealift Command’s newest expeditionary sea base USNS Hershel “Woody” Williams (T-ESB 4) completed her maiden voyage on July 5, arriving at Naval Station Norfolk from San Diego, California. USNS Hershel “Woody” Williams is the second unit of the ESB variant, delivered to the navy in February 2018 after completing builder’s and acceptance trials […]

  • 30 December 2016
    Authorities, Industry news

    The U.S. Navy awarded General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding a $324.4 million contract to definitize the long lead time material and to award the detail, design and construction of Expeditionary Sea Base (ESB) 5. NASSCO received a $106 million contract in June this year to procure long lead time material and engineering support for ESB 5 Previously […]

  • 13 March 2014
    Industry news

    General Dynamics NASSCO delivered yesterday the USNS John Glenn (MLP 2), the second ship of the Mobile Landing Platform (MLP) class, to the U.S. Navy.   The ship is named after the Honorable John Glenn for his exceptional and decorated service as a U.S. Marine Corps pilot, astronaut and U.S. Senator. Construction of the USNS […]

  • 6 November 2013
    Industry news

    General Dynamics NASSCO yesterday hosted a keel laying ceremony for the USNS Lewis B. Puller, the third ship in the Mobile Landing Platform (MLP) class. The ship is named in honor of Lewis B. Puller, the most decorated U.S. Marine in history and the only one to be awarded five Navy Crosses. Mrs. Elizabeth Glueck […]

  • 30 October 2012

    Seven Bahraini fishermen foundering in their boats amid a hailstorm were rescued by Afloat Forward Staging Base(Interim) USS Ponce (LPD 15) 15 off the coast of Bahrain, Oct. 29. At 6:37 a.m. local time, 30 nautical miles northeast of Bahrain, the crews of two small skiffs, waiving their arms in distress, were spotted by Ponce. […]

  • 12 October 2017
    Authorities, Industry news

    The US Navy is set to christen its second Expeditionary Sea Base, the USNS Hershel “Woody” Williams on Saturday, October 21. The ceremony will take place at General Dynamic’s San Diego shipyard and will see Martha P. Downs, Puller’s daughter and the ship’s sponsor, break a bottle over the ship’s bow. Construction on the ship started in October […]

  • 13 November 2014
    Authorities, Research & Development, Training & Education

    This year’s International Mine Countermeasures Exercise (IMCMEX) concluded in Bahrain Nov. 13, after nearly three weeks of seminars and training maneuvers. The exercise provided a wide array of maritime operations designed to promote international interoperability, protect global commerce and ensure secure sea lanes. More than 6,500 military service members from more than 40 nations, along […]

  • 30 September 2015
    Authorities

    For the first time in almost 38 years, there will be no Oliver Hazard Perry (OHP) Frigate on the fleet rolls of the United States Navy. The USS Simpson (FFG 56) was decommissioned in her homeport of Mayport, Florida, Sept. 29, and represented the last frigate in the Navy’s inventory. The OHP Frigates were originally […]