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Contributed by Don McGrogan, BMCS, USN Ret.

USS Lewis B. Puller (ESB-3)
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USNS Lewis B.Puller (T-ESB-3) (2015 - 2017)
Lewis B. Puller (MLP-3) (2013 - 2015)


Louis B. Puller Class Expeditionary Sea Base:
  • Designated as Afloat Forward Staging Base (AFSB)
  • Laid Down, 5 November 2013, at General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, (NASSCO) San Diego, CA.
  • Launch (Float Out) , 6 November 2014
  • Christening, 7 February 2015
  • Redesignated Expeditionary Sea Base (ESB), 4 September 2015
  • Delivered to the US Navy, 12 June 2015 and placed in service as USNS Lewis B. Puller (T-ESB-3)
  • Commissioned, USS Lewis B. Puller (ESB-3), 17 August 2017, CAPT. Adan G. Cruz USN in command
    Specifications:
    Displacement unknown
    Length 785'
    Beam 164'
    Draft 25.5 ft
    Speed 15 kts
    Complement
    CivMar 34
    Armament none
    Cargo Capacities unknown
    Propulsion
    Diesel-electric
    two propellers

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    USNS Lewis B. Puller (T-ESB-3)
    Lewis B. Puller 112k Lewis B. Puller (ESB-3) float out 6 November 2014, at General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, (NASSCO) San Diego, CA..
    Photo courtesy of NASSCO
    Ron Reeves and
    Lee Wahler
    Lewis B. Puller 86k
    Lewis B. Puller 52k
    Lewis B. Puller 175k Lewis B. Puller (ESB-3) moored at NASSCO, 15 January 2015. Photo by ENC Peter Skoutas USN
    Lewis B. Puller 148k Lewis B. Puller (ESB-3) outbound to sea from San Diego for builders trials in April 3015.
    Photos courtesy General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, (NASSCO) San Diego, CA.
    Lee Wahler
    Lewis B. Puller 163k
    Lewis B. Puller 72k
    Lewis B. Puller 145k
    Lewis B. Puller 107k
    Lewis B. Puller 107k USNS Lewis B. Puller (T-ESB-3) at Naval Station Norfolk, VA., 20 April 2016.
    US Navy photo # 160420-N-IT566-309 (cropped), by MC1 David Kolmel.
    Robert Hurst
    Lewis B. Puller 249k Sailors and Civil Service Mariners attached to USNS Lewis B. Puller (T-ESB-3), recover a Rigid-Hull Inflatatable Boat (RHIB). Sailors and Civil Service Mariners serving aboard Puller worked in concert with Sailors assigned to Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron 15 (HM-15) on a four-day Airborne Mine Countermeasure Deployment training exercise.
    US Navy photo MSC ID # 160616-N-OH262-380 ATLANTIC OCEAN (16 June 2016) by Bill Mesta.
    Robert Hurst
    Lewis B. Puller 201k USNS Lewis B. Puller (T-ESB-3) pulls into Naval Station Norfolk. Puller arrived after completing pre-deployment testing and training.
    US Navy photo MSC ID # 170707-N-OH262-312 NORFOLK (July 7, 2017) by Bill Mesta.
    Lee Wahler
    Lewis B. Puller
    170710-N-OH262-385 NORFOLK (July 10, 2017)
    192k USNS Lewis B. Puller (T-ESB-3) departs Naval Station Norfolk to begin its first operational deployment. Puller is deploying to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. Navy and allied military efforts in the region.
    US Navy photo MSC ID #'s 170710-N-OH262-385 NORFOLK (July 10, 2017) and 170710-N-OH262-448 NORFOLK (July 10, 2017) by Bill Mesta.
    Lee Wahler
    Lewis B. Puller
    170710-N-OH262-448 NORFOLK (July 10, 2017)
    234k
    USS Lewis B. Puller (ESB-3)
    Lewis B. Puller 131k Aviation Boatswains Mate 2nd Class Melanie Seymore guides a MH-60 Sea Hawk Helicopter aboard USS Lewis B. Puller (ESB-3) during touch-and-go air operations, 18 October 2017. Lewis B. Puller supports Naval Amphibious Force, Task Force 51/5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade's diverse missions that include crisis response, airborne mine countermeasures, counter-piracy operations, maritime security operations and humanitarian aid/disaster relief missions while forward deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations.
    US Marine Corps photo # 171018-M-UX416-592 5TH FLEET AREA OF OPERATIONS (Oct. 18, 2017) by Cpl. Jessica Y. Lucio.
    Lee Wahler

    USNS Lewis B. Puller (T-ESB-3) / USS Lewis B. Puller (ESB-3)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Cruz, Adan Gilberto, USN (USNA 1994)5 December 1942 - 14 December 1942

    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

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