Image contributed by Wolfgang Hechler
MONTFORD POINT under construction at NASSCO in San Diego, Calif., in October 2012. Photo by Thoralf Doehring.
USNS MONTFORD POINT is the lead ship of the MONTFORD POINT - class of Expeditionary Transfer Docks. Initially designated as Mobile Landing Platform Ships (MLP), US Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus officially announced the creation of a new ship designation effective September 4, 2015, and the MONTFORD POINT changed her designation from MLP 1 (for some reason the ship did not carry the "T-" prefix in its designation that typically identifies civilian-manned navy ships) to T-ESD 1.
The ship honors the approximately 20,000 African American Marine Corps recruits who trained at the North Carolina facility from 1942-1949. The MONTFORD POINT is manned by Military Sealift Command personnel and is assigned to a Maritime Prepositioning Ship Squadron.
|General Characteristics:||Awarded: May 27, 2011|
|Keel laid: January 19, 2012|
|Launched: November 13, 2012|
|Delivered: May 2013|
|Builder: National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, San Diego, Calif.|
|Propulsion system: Diesel-Electric|
|Length: 785 feet (239.3 meters)|
|Beam: 164 feet (50 meters)|
|Draft: 29.5 feet (9 meters)|
|Light Displacement: approx. 39,900 tons|
|Speed: 15 knots|
|Crew: 34 MSC personnel|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USNS MONTFORD POINT. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
USNS MONTFORD POINT Construction Gallery:
The photos below were taken by me and show the MONTFORD POINT under construction at NASSCO in San Diego, Calif., on May 9, 2012.
The photos below were taken by me and show the MONTFORD POINT under construction at NASSCO in San Diego, Calif., on October 4 and 12, 2012.
USNS MONTFORD POINT Image Gallery:
The photo below was taken by Lydia Perz and shows the MONTFORD POINT at NASSCO in San Diego, Calif., on May 3, 2014.
The photos below were taken by Michael Jenning and show the MONTFORD POINT at Naval Base Norfolk, Va., on September 6, 2022.
The photos below were taken by Michael Jenning and show the MONTFORD POINT at Naval Base Norfolk, Va., on October 9, 2023.