Headquartered in Fairfax County, Virginia, General Dynamics is an aerospace and defense company that offers a wide range of products and services to many platforms including business aviation, combat vehicles, shipbuilding, and weapons systems and munitions. It also offers various communications and information technology systems and solutions.
At the beginning of the month, the US Navy will christen the third mobile landing platform (MLP) ship at the General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO) shipyard. The ship, titled the USNS Lewis B. Puller, is named in honor of Lieutenant General Lewis “Chesty” Puller who earned five Navy Crosses.
Manufactured by General Dynamics Corporation, this 837-foot long vessel is the first MLP afloat forward staging base variant for the Navy. It is designed to support special operations including disaster relief, humanitarian assistance, airborne mine countermeasures, as well as multiple types of combat missions. The ship accommodates a crew of 34 people, can cruise at a speed of 15 knots, and has a range of 9500 nautical miles.
General Dynamics has about USD$30 billion in sales, primarily military. Civilian sales come from its Gulfstream Aerospace unit and conventional shipbuilding and repair sales from its National Steel and Shipbuilding subsidiary. It is also the world's fifth-largest defense contractor based on 2012 revenues.
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