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Photo of the Week: Delivery of the USNS Montford Point [San Diego / Nassco Shipyard]

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General Steamship had the honor to attend the delivery of the United States Navy's "Montford Point" from the National Steel and Shipbuilding Company to Ocean Star International Shipping. The Montford Point is a semi-submersible vessel designed to transport "Landing Craft Air Cushion Vehicles" and will assist in aid following natural disastsers. Displacement approximately 34,500 tons with total length of 765 feet.

Historical Note: The ship name is in honor of African American Marine Corps recruits who trained at Montford Point Camp, North Carolina, from 1942 to 1949. Wikipedia article here

Keywords: Semi-submersible vessel, Montford Point, United States Navy, United States Marine Corp, Military Contractor, General Dynamic, National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, San Diego, Nassco Shipyard, General Steamship, San Diego, Military Delivery, Shipping Agents, Experienced Shipping Agents.

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USNS Montford Point underway

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Photo from the Bridge of the USNS Montford Point

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Captain Kurt Kleinschmidt receiving a picture of the USNS Montford Point from Nassco/General Dynamic.

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Captain Bob Sheen (second from right) from OSI taking delivery of the USNS Montford

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Carol-Beth Sheley (General Steamship) and Chief Mate Mike Sands on the bridge.

All photos provided by Carol-Beth Sheley, General Steamship - Signal Hill, California - 05/15/13