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Keel laid for future USNS Miguel Keith

1st February 2018 - 16:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


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Work has begun on the US Navy’s future Expeditionary Sea Base 5 (ESB 5) at the General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard in San Diego.

The first of the ESB variants, USS Lewis B Puller (ESB 3), was delivered to the fleet in 2015 as a USNS ship and commissioned as a USS ship on station in Bahrain in August 2017. USNS Hershel Woody Williams (ESB 4) was christened in October 2017 and is expected to be delivered to Military Sealift Command at the end of February 2018.

The ESBs are flexible, modular platforms and optimised to support a range of maritime missions including special operations force and airborne mine counter measures. Additionally, the vessels can also be used for humanitarian support and sustainment of traditional military missions.

The vessels include a four-spot flight deck and hangar and a versatile mission deck are designed around four core capabilities: aviation facilities, berthing, equipment staging support, and command and control assets.

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