USNS Lewis B. Puller to be Christened

WHAT: Special event to christen The USNS Lewis B. Puller (MLP 3 AFSB). The event is free and open to the public.

WHEN: Saturday, February 7, 2015 – 10am

WHO:  Speaking at the ceremony will be:

  • Kevin Graney, Vice President & General Manager of General Dynamics NASSCO
  • Rear Admiral Thomas K. Shannon, USN, Commander, Military Sealift Command
  • Vice Admiral Joseph P. Aucoin, USN, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Warfare Systems
  • Ms. Allison Stiller, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy – Ships
  • General Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., Commandant, United States Marine Corps

Mrs. Martha Puller Downs, daughter of the late General Lewis B. Puller, will do a traditional champagne bottle break against the ship’s hull as the ship’s sponsor to officially christen the ship.

WHERE: General Dynamics NASSCO – 2798 East Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92113

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS:   For security reasons, all media must RSVP to by Tuesday, February 3 at 12 noon in order to attend. Media must enter through NASSCO’s Gate 2, south of 28th Street and north of Naval Air Station San Diego, on Harbor Drive (see attached map). Media must arrive by 9 a.m. to allow time to set up on media platform.

Visitors should wear long pants, shirt/blouse with sleeves, and flat, hard sole, closed-toe shoes. For your safety: No shorts, capri pants, skirts, tank tops, open-toed shoes, high heels or sandals are permitted.

BACKGROUND:    Named in honor of Lieutenant General Lewis B. Puller, the most decorated Marine in history and the only one to be awarded five Navy Crosses. The USNSLewis B. Puller is the third ship of the Mobile Landing Platform (MLP) class—and the first of the MLP class to be configured as an Afloat Forward Staging Base (AFSB). The newly-designed AFSB adds a flight deck, berthing, fuel and equipment storage, repair spaces, and accommodations for up to 250 personnel. The MLP AFSB is capable of supporting missions including counter-piracy operations, maritime security operations, humanitarian aid and disaster relief missions and Marine Corps crisis response.

General Dynamics NASSCO is the only major shipyard on the West Coast of the United States conducting new construction and repair. For more information, visit



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