Formerly designated as an amphibious transport dock (LPD), Ponce was recently converted and reclassified to fulfill a longstanding US Central Command request for an Afloat Forward Staging Base
to be forward deployed here.
They spoke of their Afloat Forward Staging Base
(AFSB), Royal Fleet Auxiliary Lyme Bay, as a great asset; and the possible future role for the USS Ponce (LPD 15) deployed in the Arabian Gulf in support of both UK and U.
The NASSCO-built vessels earlier went by the names Mobile Landing Platform and Afloat Forward Staging Base
USS Ponce (LPD 15), refitted as a floating base for helicopters and patrol craft, deployed on 1 June to the Middle East after being redesignated as Afloat Forward Staging Base
Last year, the Navy tested its smaller LaWS laser system aboard the Afloat Forward Staging Base
USS Ponce and released video of the results.
This third Mobile Landing Platform (MLP) is the first ship of the class to be configured as an Afloat Forward Staging Base
(AFSB), adding a flight deck, berthing, fuel storage, equipment storage, repair spaces, and accommodations for up to 250 personnel.
Navy's Mobile Landing Platform (MLP) Afloat Forward Staging Base
(AFSB), $325 million from the Centers for Medicare &Medicaid Services for contact-center services, $90 million from the Navy for design work on the next-generation ballistic missile submarine and $80 million from the U.
Puller is the first afloat forward staging base
variant of the MLP and designed around four capabilities: aviation, berthing, equipment staging area, and command and control.
NASSCO) under a previously awarded contract to secure advance material for the Mobile Landing Platform 4 Afloat Forward Staging Base
5 million contract for the detail design and construction of the Mobile Landing Platform (MLP) 3 Afloat Forward Staging Base
NASSCO is currently building the third ship of the class, MLP 3, which will be configured as an Afloat Forward Staging Base
Its piers are already home to the 5th Fleet s minesweepers, coastal patrol ships and the USS Ponce, the Navy s first afloat forward staging base