General Dynamics NASSCO, an enterprise unit of General Dynamics, received a deal from the U.S. Navy for newest expeditionary vessels as part of Expeditionary Sea Base (ESB) program.
The contract, declared by the Department of Defense, is worth over $1.6 billion and covers the development of the sixth and seventh vessels of the ESB program, in addition to an option for ESB 8.
Based on General Dynamics, named after famous names or places of historical significance to U.S. Marines, ESBs serve as a versatile platform and a vital aspect in the Navy’s airborne mine countermeasures mission, with accommodations for as much as 250 personnel and a large helicopter flight deck. The ship’s configuration helps special warfare and Marine Corps task-organized units.
Work on the two new vessels of the ESB program is scheduled to start in the first quarter of 2020 and continue to the second quarter of 2023, offering the chance to sustain and develop the workforce along San Diego’s working harbor. NASSCO’s unique location along the historic San Diego Bay provides ship manufacturers and skilled tradespeople with unparalleled access to the country’s leading maritime support companies, and highly-trained staff members allow NASSCO to construct and restore some of the world’s best ships in the most efficient method possible.
In 2011, the Navy granted NASSCO with a deal to design and construct the first two vessels in the newly developed MLP program, the USNS Montford Point and USNS John Glenn. This system expanded with three more ships; the U.S.A Lewis B. Puller, USNS Hershel “Woody” Williams, and the Miguel Keith configured as ESBs.