Keel laid for future USNS Lewis B. Puller in San Diego

The following blog post was written by Sarah Burford, MSC Pacific public affairs.

The keel laying for our Navy’s third mobile landing platform, USNS Lewis B. Puller, occurred at the General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard in San Diego Nov. 5.  MLP 3 is named in honor of Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Lewis B. “Chesty” Puller, Jr., a well-known military leader who fought insurgents in Haiti and Nicaragua, and participated in some of the biggest battles of World War II and the Korean War.  He is known as one of the most decorated Marines, and the only Marine to be awarded five Navy Crosses.

In a time-honored Navy tradition, Elizabeth Glueck, wife of Lt. Gen. Kenneth Glueck, commanding general of the Marine Corps Combat Development Command, served as the keel laying authenticator.  As her duties dictated, Mrs. Glueck welded her initials into the keel plate, which is permanently affixed to the ship’s keel and will remain with the vessel through its time in service.

“It’s truly an honor and a thrill to be a part of the creation of this great ship. This is the most exciting thing I have done in my 36 years of association with the Marine Corps.”  Elizabeth Glueck

  • Lewis B. Puller is the first MLP afloat forward staging base (AFSB) variant, further enabling the capability to transfer vehicles and equipment at sea while meeting AFSB operational requirements such as airborne mine countermeasures and special operations forces missions
  • At 837 feet long, each ship displaces more than 80,000 tons when loaded.; the ship will have a maximum speed of 15 knots and range of 9500 nautical miles
  • Lewis B. Puller is expected to deliver to our Navy in 2015
U.S. Navy photo by Sarah Burford

U.S. Navy photo by Sarah Burford

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