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USNS John Glenn (T-ESD-2)

Montford Point Class Expeditionary Transfer Dock Ship:
  • Laid Down, 12 April 2012, at General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, (NASSCO) San Diego, CA.
  • Launch Date, 15 September 2013
  • Christen USNS John Glenn (T-ESD-2), 1 February, 2014
  • Delivered, 12 March 2014
    Displacement 39,900 t.(lt) 78,800 t.(fl)
    Length 837'
    Beam 164'
    Draft 28 ft
    Speed 15 kts
    CivMar 34
    Armament none
    Cargo Capacities unknown
    two propellers

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    John Glenn 200k
    Col. John H. Glenn Jr., (July 18, 1921 December 8, 2016), a Marine aviator, engineer, astronaut, and United States Senator from Ohio. In 1962 he was the first American to orbit the Earth, circling it three times. Before joining NASA, Glenn was a distinguished fighter pilot in World War II and Korea with six Distinguished Flying Crosses and eighteen clusters on his Air Medal.
    He was one of the Mercury Seven: military test pilots selected in 1959 by NASA as the United States' first astronauts. On February 20, 1962, Glenn flew the Friendship 7 mission; the first American to orbit the Earth, he was the fifth person in space. He received the NASA Distinguished Service Medal, the Congressional Space Medal of Honor in 1978, was inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame in 1990, and was the last surviving member of the Mercury Seven. After Glenn resigned from NASA in 1964 and retired from the Marine Corps the following year, he planned to run for a U.S. Senate seat from Ohio. An injury in early 1964 forced his withdrawal, and he lost a close primary election in 1970. A member of the Democratic Party, Glenn first won election to the Senate in 1974 and served for 24 years until January 3, 1999. In 1998, still a sitting senator, Glenn was the oldest person to fly in space as a crew member of the Discovery space shuttle and the only person to fly in both the Mercury and Space Shuttle programs. He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012.
    US Marine Corps photo illustration # NH 61208-M-JT438-387 WASHINGTON (Dec. 8, 2016) by Sgt. Elize McKelvey
    Lee Wahler
    John Glenn
    287k USNS John Glenn (T-ESD-2) transits San Diego Bay after successfully completing Builder's Sea Trials on 13 January 2014. The ship is expected to be delivered to the Navy in March following Acceptance Trials.
    US Navy photo #'s
    140109-N-EW716-003 SAN DIEGO (Jan. 9, 2014)
    140109-N-EW716-002 SAN DIEGO (Jan. 9, 2014)
    140109-N-EW716-001 SAN DIEGO (Jan. 9, 2014)
    US Navy Newsstand
    John Glenn
    John Glenn
    John Glenn 184k Christening ceremony of Mobile Landing Platform USNS John Glenn (T-ESD-2), 1 February 2017 Ron Reeves
    John Glenn 135k Former U.S. Senator John Glenn renders respect to the national ensign during the presentation of the colors at the christening ceremony of Mobile Landing Platform USNS John Glenn (T-ESD-2). The ship, named in honor of U.S. senator, astronaut and Marine Corps pilot John Glenn, represents the newest platform in Navy-Marine Corps integration that will enable Sailors and Marines to be where it matters, when it matters for amphibious operations or humanitarian and disaster relief efforts among other roles
    US Navy photo # 140201-N-WL435-167 SAN DIEGO (Feb. 1, 2014) by MCC Peter D. Lawlor.
    US Navy Newsstand
    John Glenn 217k Ship's sponsor Lyn Glenn breaks a bottle of champagne on the hull of the ship to bear her father's name, Mobile Landing Platform USNS John Glenn (T-ESD-2), and in doing so officially christens the ship.
    US Navy photo # 140201-N-WL435-529 SAN DIEGO (Feb. 1, 2014 by MCC Peter D. Lawlor.
    US Navy Newsstand
    John Glenn 164k Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) ADM. Jonathan Greenert and platform members applaud former U.S. Senator John Glenn after his daughter Lyn Glenn, the ship's sponsor, broke a bottle of champagne on the hull to officially christen Mobile Landing Platform USNS John Glenn (T-ESD-2).
    US Navy photo 140201-N-WL435-552 SAN DIEGO (Feb. 1, 2014) by MCC Peter D. Lawlor.
    Robert M. Cieri
    John Glenn 142k USNS Montford Point (T-ESD-1) and USNS John Glenn (T-ESD-2) pass each other near San Diego in 2014.
    Photo courtesy General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, (NASSCO) San Diego, CA.
    Lee Wahler
    John Glenn 325k USNS John Glenn (T-ESD-2) moored pierside at General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, (NASSCO) San Diego, CA., 10 October 2015 Photos by Tommy Trampp
    John Glenn 291k

    USNS John Glenn (T-MLP-2 / T-ESD-2)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Expeditionary Transfer Dock (ESD) / Expeditionary Mobile Base (ESB)
    Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV) and Mobile Landing Platform (MLP) Program Overviews
    NASCCO Mobile Landing Platform Photo Gallery
    NASSCO Mobile Landing Platform Fact Sheet
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