Former astronaut and U.S. Senator John Glenn is scheduled to be on hand for the christening of his namesake ship at 10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 1 at General Dynamics NASSCO.
The John Glenn is the second ship of the Mobile Landing Platform (MLP) class, which is a flexible platform that will provide capability for large scale logistics movements, such as the transfer of vehicles and equipment from sea to shore. It will significantly reduce dependency on foreign ports and provide support in the absence of any port, making it especially useful during disaster response and for supporting Marines once they are ashore.
The MLP supports a vehicle staging area, sideport ramp, large mooring fenders and up to three lanes for air cushioned vehicles.
Other dignitaries are scheduled to include Kevin Graney, NASSCO vice president and general manager; Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert, USN, chief of naval operations; Lt. Gen. John A. Toolan, USMC, commanding general, I Marine Expeditionary Force; Rear Adm. Thomas K. Shannon, USN, commander, Military Sealift Command; and Sean J. Stackley, assistant secretary of the Navy.