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, maritime security operations, humanitarian aid and disaster relief missions and Marine Corps crisis response. As reported by IHS Jane’s 360, Puller is scheduled for delivery in September.
USNS Lewis B. Puller, the third vessel of the Mobile Landing Platfor (MLP) class, is the first purpose-built Afloat Forward Staging Base (AFSB) vessel for the US Navy. The 764-foot vessel will feature a flight deck, a hangar and will be able to accommodate about 250 persons.
Naval Today Staff, Image: NASSCO