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Mobile Landing Platform [MLP] - Program

In 2008 the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) issued an unrestricted competitive solicitation (N00024-08-R-2270) for Systems Design Part 1 (SD1) of the Mobile Landing Platform (MLP) Program, with an option for Systems Design Part 2 (SD2) by late July-early August 2008. NAVSEA conducted the acquisition of the MLP as a two-phased procurement. Both SD1 and SD2 were included in Phase I for the MLP, and were procured on a Fixed Price Incentive (FPI) basis. Phase II was for the Detail Design and Construction (DD&C) of the MLP. NAVSEA awarded multiple Fixed Price Incentive (FPI) contracts for SD1. At the completion of SD1, NAVSEA may exercise one or more of the FPI contract options for SD2. The planned date of Phase I contract award(s) is the 1st Quarter FY09, with the first Ship delivery planned for FY 2015.

General Dymanics NASSCO was awarded a contract for the design and construction of MLP 1 and MLP 2 on April 27, 2011. A separate contract was awarded to Vigor Marine LLC, of Portland for the emission set (Core Capability Set) in November 2011. Vigor Marine installs core capability set items about three months after each ships delivery. This installation includes a raised vehicle deck (25,000 sq. ft.), a vehicle transfer ramp, and LCAC lanes and service connects (fuel, water, air).

On 27 April 2011 the Navy awarded General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO) a $744,129,956 fixed-price incentive fee type contract for the detail design and construction of two Mobile Landing Platform ships, MLP 1 and MLP 2. General Dynamics-NASSCO was previously awarded a $115 million contract for long-lead time material and advanced design efforts for the first MLP in August 2010. The Navy worked very closely with NASSCO to identify cost savings early in MLP design work while pursuing a concurrent design and production engineering approach. These efforts ensured a high degree of design and production-planning maturity prior to the start of construction to minimize cost and schedule risk and resulted in a in a very stable ship design that is ready to start production.

This contract award culminates a substantial effort to drive down cost in our shipbuilding programs while delivering necessary capabilities, said program manager Captain George Sutton. As Assistant Secretary of the Navy [for Research, Development and Acquisition] Sean Stackley recently testified, actions by NASSCO, Congress and the Navy to accelerate the MLP program significantly improved affordability.

Vigor Marine L.L.C., Shipbuilding, Portland, Ore., was awarded a $34,848,589 firm-fixed-price contract for the detail design, construction, installation and systems verification for the mobile landing platform core capabilities set enabling the transfer vehicles and equipment at-sea from a legacy large, medium-speed, roll-on/roll-off ship and interface with surface connectors, to include landing craft air-cushion craft, to deliver the vehicles and equipment ashore. This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $35,000,813. Work will be performed in Portland, Ore. (98.5 percent), and Oakland, Calif. (1.5 percent), and was expected to be completed by November 2014. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via the Federal Business Opportunities website, with one proposal solicited and three offers received. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington D.C., is the contracting activity.

The Department of the Navys three Mobile Landing Platform ships are named the USNS Montford Point, the USNS John Glenn and the USNS Lewis B. Puller, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced January 04, 2012. I chose to name the departments new MLPs Montford Point, John Glenn and Lewis B. Puller as a way to recognize these American pioneers and heroes both collectively and individually, said Mabus. The courage shown by these Marines helped forge the Corps into the most formidable expeditionary force in the world.

The USNS Montford Point honors the approximately 20,000 African American Marine Corps recruits who trained at the North Carolina facility from 1942-1949. Their exceptional service prompted President Truman to sign an executive order in 1948 ending segregation in the U.S. military services. These 20,000 Marines were recently recognized with our nations highest civilian honor for distinguished achievement, the Congressional Gold Medal. The USNS Montford Point will be the first-of-class ship. It is expected to deliver in fiscal 2013 and be operational in fiscal 2015.

The second MLP, the USNS John Glenn, honors Col. John Glenn, a decorated Marine Corps pilot, distinguished astronaut, Congressional Space Medal of Honor recipient and U.S. Senator. During his time with the Marine Corps, Glenn flew 59 combat missions during World War II and a combined 90 missions over the course of two tours in the Korean War.

The final auxiliary support ship, the USNS Lewis B. Puller, is named in honor of Lt. Gen. Lewis Chesty Puller, the most decorated Marine in history and the only one to be awarded five Navy Crosses.

The lead ship, USNS Montford Point (MLP 1) commenced construction in June 2011 and launched on November 13, 2012. The Navys first mobile landing platform, USNS Montford Point, was delivered in San Diego, Calif., 14 May 2013 and was expected to be operational in fiscal year 2015. MLP 1 initial operational capability (IOC) and incorporation into the Maritime Prepositioning Force (MPF) was scheduled for FY 2015.

Fabrication on the second ship, USNS John Glenn, began in April 2012 and an operating contract for the first two ships was awarded to Ocean Ships, Inc. of Houston on Dec. 6, 2012. "John Glenn (MLP-2) was transferred to the US Navy in March 2014.

Launch ceremony of the third mobile landing platform MLP Lewis B.Puller" held November 6, 2014. US Navy intend to use third MLP as an advanced floating base (AFSB) at the position intended for the deployment of troops and aircraft equipped with modules including hangar to support two helicopters. Tests MLP-3 begin in 2015. Supply "Lewis B. Puller" is scheduled for the second quarter of 2015. Platform MLP-4 will also be built in version AFSB.

It is assumed that the MLP platform will significantly reduce the dependence the US military from foreign ports and provide support for combat and humanitarian operations in their absence. Draft version AFSB provides for a summer playground, mooring, fuel storage, warehouse equipment and facilities for repairs. With regular rotation civilian and military personnel platform can be in the designated area almost continuously, as a permanent floating base.

On 24 December 2014 the US Department of Defense announced the conclusion of shipbuilding Command and Naval Forces with the "National Steel and Shipbuilding (NASSCO) contract for the purchase of materials, design and construction of the fourth mobile landing platform - an advanced floating base in the position of MLP-4. The contract value is 498,116,000 dollars. Work will be completed in March 2018. In June 2014 the initial contract with NASSCO was concluded worth 64.056 million dollars for the purchase of power plant components, engines of the main diesel generator, propellers, shafts, bridges and communication facilities for MLP-4.

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