A sea exercise carried out in Jan. 2010 to demonstrate the transfer of vehicles between a surrogate mobile landing platform (MLP) ship and a large medium-speed roll-on/roll-off (LMSR) ship (Image: U.S. Navy)
An artist concept of a mobile landing platform (MLP) ship under construction (Image: U.S. Navy photo illustration courtesy of NASSCO)
The U.S. Navy has announced that construction has begun on the first of a new class of ship known as the Mobile Landing Platform (MLP). The MLP is designed to serve as a transfer point between large ships and small landing craft and act as a floating base for amphibious operations to allow for equipment and cargo to be delivered from ship to shore when there are no friendly bases available.
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