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USNS JOHN GLENN is the second ship in 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 JOHN GLENN changed her designation from MLP 2 (for some reason the ship did not carry the "T-" prefix in its designation that typically identifies civilian-manned navy ships) to T-ESD 2.
The ship honors Col. John Glenn, a decorated Marine Corps pilot, distinguished astronaut, Congressional Space Medal of Honor recipient and U.S. Senator. During his time with the Marine Corps, Glenn flew 59 combat missions during World War II and a combined 90 missions over the course of two tours in the Korean War.
|General Characteristics:||Awarded: May 27, 2011|
|Keel laid: April 17, 2012|
|Christened: February 2, 2014|
|Delivered: March 2014|
|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 JOHN GLENN. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
USNS JOHN GLENN Image Gallery:
The photos below were taken by Michael Jenning and show the JOHN GLENN at her layberth in Oakland, Calif., on October 6, 2022. Note the large number of plants on the ship's bridge.