The USNS Lewis B. Puller expeditionary sea base has sailed on deployment.
Cmdr. Arlen Rose said:
“We call ourselves ‘Team Puller’. The Puller is a brand new ship, so we had a lot to learn. The military crew has been training with the ship’s civil service mariners for a year to prepare for this deployment.
We are ready to get Puller out there to takes its rightful place in the fleet. Everyone is really excited to get to work and see what the Puller can do.”
USNS Lewis B. Puller was delivered to the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command in 2015 and is the US Navy’s first purpose-built expeditionary sea base. The ship has a hybrid-manned crew with a combination of military personnel and civilian mariners.
The US Navy say:
“The 784 foot-long vessel features a 52,000 square-foot flight deck, fuel and equipment storage, repair spaces, magazines, and mission-planning spaces. Able to accommodate up to 250 personnel, USNS Lewis B. Puller will support multiple missions, such as air mine counter measures, counter-piracy operations, maritime security operations, humanitarian aid and disaster relief missions, and crisis response operations.”
According to McCarthy, the Puller is going to be permanently deployed overseas, which saves a tremendous amount of time in terms of operations. So the ship’s maintenance, repairs and crew swaps will take place in theatre.