Mobile Landing Platforms.

by Daniel Russ on December 4, 2013

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Sometimes in battle, what is called for is a table. Something to put things on and keep them there, ready to be picked up and used again. The Navy has learned long ago that for disaster preparedness, the Navy often needs a place to land a helicopter, or a put wounded people, or refugees. Sometimes building supplied need to a flat surface large enough to carry the kind of tonnage needed at war or in humanitarian relief missions.

 

This is essentially what the MBL, or Mobile Landing Platforms. This flexible ship can reduce the need for foreign shipping ports and facilitate the transfer of heavy equipment back and forth to outposts and ships. It makes resupply easy. The shp also has the ability to submerge the deck below the water for some heavy equipment.

 

It is classified as an assault ship, and four are planned. The USS Puller (a tribute to Lewis “Chesty” Puller) and USS Montford and the USS Glenn (tribute to John Glenn) are among the first names. It has a range of 10,000 nautical miles on a single tank of fuel, it’s three football fields long and it can travel at 15 knots.

 

Source: Military Strategy Forum

 

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