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(WTKR)   The Navy christens its first Mobile Landing Platform ship today, and based on the photos the builder was just like subby's kid when he ran out of Legos before they could finish the middle section   (wtkr.com) divider line 27
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NFA [TotalFark]
2013-03-02 09:38:11 AM
" Navy to christen first Mobile Landing Platform"

So we've never had aircraft carriers?
 
2013-03-02 10:01:44 AM
www.msc.navy.mil


It's a floating version of a flatbed truck. They used one of these to transport the USS Cole after it got bombinated.
 
2013-03-02 10:38:03 AM
Still a colossal waste of money.  That ship is exhibit #2 (behind the F35) of complete government waste at the feet of feckless defense contractors.
 
2013-03-02 10:39:16 AM

Grand_Moff_Joseph: Still a colossal waste of money.  That ship is exhibit #2 (behind the F35) of complete government waste at the feet of feckless defense contractors.


and wrong thread...thought this was a Littoral Combat ship.  *selffail*

Still, why do we need camo barges?
 
vpb [TotalFark]
2013-03-02 01:00:50 PM
It's actually a dock that allows ro/ro ships to discharge cargo onto it and also holds LCACs that can transport it to shore.
 
2013-03-02 01:04:23 PM
FTA:...the ship's size allows for 25,000 square feet of vehicle and equipment stowage space and 380,000 gallons of JP-5 aviation fuel storage...

USNS Montford Point (T-MLP 1) is named for the approximately 20,000 African-American Marine Corps recruits who trained at the North Carolina facility from 1942 to 1949.


So, the boat that has to schlep around all the heavy crap gets named for the black guys?  That's farkin' typical.

(this post closed-captioned for the hard of sarcasm.)
 
2013-03-02 01:38:56 PM
So it's... a ship that's a dock?

memedump.com
 
2013-03-02 01:40:11 PM

vpb: and also holds LCACs


"My LCAC is full of eels" just doesn't have the same ring to it.
 
2013-03-02 01:43:26 PM
It's their first MLP?  Are they going to name it "Twilight Sparkle"?
 
2013-03-02 01:43:28 PM
Navy Trifecta?

upload.wikimedia.org
I'm ok with this
www.simple-talk.com
 
2013-03-02 01:58:43 PM

FloydA: So, the boat that has to schlep around all the heavy crap gets named for the black guys? That's farkin' typical.


No it is typical because in the Marine Corps, many of the supply/logistics Marines are of a certain demographic.
 
2013-03-02 02:10:52 PM
I hear she takes a great shot across the bow
 
2013-03-02 02:14:06 PM
A little more info...........

U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command Blog: MLP-1
Posted on November 16, 2012
mscsealift.dodlive.mil
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SNS Montford Point (T-MLP-1)
navsource.org
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(pops)
i.imgur.com
 
2013-03-02 02:19:22 PM
A ship that sinks itself, I'm sure your enemies are cowering now US Navy!

/any ship can be a minesweeper...once
 
2013-03-02 02:24:16 PM
The ship is part of the grand plan for the Maritime Sea Base, a concept that allows us to invade seashores anywhere in the world without the need of a seaport to transfer cargo from cargo ships to landing ships. The program got a big boost after Turkey stood us up before the Iraq invasion.

I was *somewhat* involved with the program for a while, developing ship to ship mooring concepts for high sea states.

I really don't know who they plan to invade with all this crap. Old school invasions ain't happening anymore. It's all drones now, baby....
 
2013-03-02 02:41:19 PM

mark12A: The ship is part of the grand plan for the Maritime Sea Base, a concept that allows us to invade seashores anywhere in the world without the need of a seaport to transfer cargo from cargo ships to landing ships. The program got a big boost after Turkey stood us up before the Iraq invasion.

I was *somewhat* involved with the program for a while, developing ship to ship mooring concepts for high sea states.

I really don't know who they plan to invade with all this crap. Old school invasions ain't happening anymore. It's all drones now, baby....


how much govt planning is done by people who're near retirement
 
2013-03-02 03:12:13 PM

One Bad Apple: [www.msc.navy.mil image 336x164]


It's a floating version of a flatbed truck. They used one of these to transport the USS Cole after it got bombinated.


Nope.  Same profile, completely different kind of ship.
 
2013-03-02 04:06:01 PM
Big deal.  Wake me up when they make a Mobile Suit Landing Platform.
 
2013-03-02 09:42:02 PM

loser0: vpb: and also holds LCACs

"My LCAC is full of eels" just doesn't have the same ring to it.


You're good.
/want to come back to my place, bouncy, bouncy?
 
2013-03-02 10:19:15 PM
I guess we liked the Blue Marlin so much we built our own.
 
2013-03-02 11:04:50 PM
The plural of LEGO is LEGO, Subby.

/The More You Know
 
2013-03-03 01:08:45 AM

The WindowLicker: FloydA: So, the boat that has to schlep around all the heavy crap gets named for the black guys? That's farkin' typical.

No it is typical because in the Marine Corps, many of the supply/logistics Marines are of a certain demographic.


Are people really not aware of the very weird demographic difference between the actual combat units and the support units throughout the military?
 
2013-03-03 01:10:03 AM

mark12A: The ship is part of the grand plan for the Maritime Sea Base, a concept that allows us to invade seashores anywhere in the world without the need of a seaport to transfer cargo from cargo ships to landing ships. The program got a big boost after Turkey stood us up before the Iraq invasion.

I was *somewhat* involved with the program for a while, developing ship to ship mooring concepts for high sea states.

I really don't know who they plan to invade with all this crap. Old school invasions ain't happening anymore. It's all drones now, baby....


Drones don't replace governments.
 
2013-03-03 01:25:11 AM

BumpInTheNight: A ship that sinks itself, I'm sure your enemies are cowering now US Navy!

/any ship can be a minesweeper...once


Considering that the US has as many naval resources as the rest of the world put together, as technologically advanced as anything anyone else has arrayed against us... yes, they would be.  Hell, just look at what we consider an aircraft carrier compared to the rest of the world:  The US has 10 Nimitz class aircraft carriers, each of over 100,000 tons displacement.  The rest of the world has the NAe São Paulo (32,800 tons), Chinese Liaoning (57,000 tons, inoperable), Charles de Gaulle (42,000), INS Viraat (28,700), Giuseppe Garibaldi (14,000), Carvor (27,099), Admiral Flota Sovetskovo Soyuza Kuznetsov (55,000), Juan Carlos I (27,000), and HMS Illustrious (22,000).

Oh, and we have 8 Wasp class aircraft carriers, each over 40,000 tons displacement and the USS Pelelieu (40,000 tons).  So, of the 21 largest aircraft carriers in the world, the US has 19 of them.
 
2013-03-03 02:36:12 AM

mark12A: The ship is part of the grand plan for the Maritime Sea Base, a concept that allows us to invade seashores anywhere in the world without the need of a seaport to transfer cargo from cargo ships to landing ships. The program got a big boost after Turkey stood us up before the Iraq invasion.

I was *somewhat* involved with the program for a while, developing ship to ship mooring concepts for high sea states.

I really don't know who they plan to invade with all this crap. Old school invasions ain't happening anymore. It's all drones now, baby....


This will be used mostly to deliver Special Forces and their "toys" I would suspect. Surgical invasions on specific targets are the new norm.
 
2013-03-03 12:32:10 PM

Grand_Moff_Joseph: Still a colossal waste of money.  That ship is exhibit #2 (behind the F35) of complete government waste at the feet of feckless defense contractors.


I don't think you understand how much the Navy has to pay when they rent the Blue Marlin. A single trip can run in the millions of dollars, utilizing this instead will save the navy bundles of money. The tech isn't particularly new, there's not a lot of R&D expenditure with it, just a quick calculation of how much we spend renting ships to transport disabled ships or oversized cargo v. how much it costs to build/maintain one. Aside from that, the general focus of the Navy, as we move towards an era in which non-state actors are the primary threat, is to be able to engage in littoral and other shallow waters operations, having a versatile utility ship to back up those operations is ultimately a good investment on the part of the navy that could save it a ton of money over the next 20-30 years.

Agreed on the f-35 though, total piece of crap that doesn't meet the original specs, and we've already sank far too much money into it.
 
2013-03-03 01:29:52 PM
"just like subby's kid"

Uh huh. We believe you. Your *kid* plays with Lego.
 
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