NASSCO delivers third Expeditionary Sea Base ship to US Navy

General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard has officially transferred the Expeditionary Sea Base (ESB) ship, USNS Miguel Keith (ESB 5), to the US Navy.

The navy accepted the delivery of Miguel Keith, which is the service branchs third ESB ship, during a ceremony onboard the ship at NASSCO shipyard in San Diego, California.

The ship will be operated by the US Navys Military Sealift Command (MSC).

Program Executive Office Ships Strategic Sealift and Theater Sealift programme manager captain Scot Searles said: The navy and industry team overcame significant setbacks in the construction of this ship, and I’m extremely proud of the urgency and determination displayed on everyone’s part to deliver a high-quality ship that will support our operational requirements in the 7th Fleet area of operations.

Like the ship’s namesake, those who sail aboard Miguel Keith will embody his dedication to service to our country.

The delivery comes after the future USNS Miguel Keiths christening ceremony, which was held at NASSCOs facility last month.

In the same month, the navy completed acceptance trials of the ship off the coast of southern California.

The week-long trials tested the performance of the ships major systems.

Military Sealift Command Pacific commodore captain Gabe Varela said: A flexible ....

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