US Navy accepts USNS Miguel Keith
The US Navy accepted delivery of USNS Miguel Keith on 15 November for Military Sealift Command.
ESBs are flexible, modular platforms designed to support a variety of maritime-based missions including special operations force and airborne mine countermeasures support operations, in addition to humanitarian support and sustainment of traditional military missions.
The vessels include a four-spot flight deck and hangar and a versatile mission deck and are designed around four core capabilities: aviation facilities, berthing, equipment staging support and command and control assets.
Capt Scot Searles, Strategic Sealift and Theater Sealift program manager, Program Executive Office Ships, said: ‘The navy and industry team overcame significant setbacks in the construction of this ship, and I'm extremely proud of the urgency and determination displayed on everyone's part to deliver a high-quality ship that will support our operational requirements in the 7th Fleet area of operations.'
General Dynamics NASSCO is under contract for detail design and construction of ESBs 6 and 7, with an option for ESB 8.
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