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Mobile Mulberry Harbor

fredymac

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This thing looks like a modern re-interpretation of the WWII Mulberry Harbor.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mulberry_harbour

In this case, the harbor can go wherever you go and doesn't tie you to a politically undesirable piece of land or force you to defend your supplies (from hungry mobs). It will make a tempting target for any adversary with near peer capabilities but I suppose any contested landing would follow establishment of air/sea/underwater superiority. I wonder what the trade studies showed for alternatives such as an upgraded LST? I can't imagine something as big as a T-AKE or RO-RO ship ever beaching itself and disgorging it's cargo. It will be interesting to watch the first actual deployment.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDt7VwKNmYo
 

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Interesting concept. This is a prototype? One or two ships? Perhaps a trimaran configuration with a total of six hovercraft docks would be excellent for disaster relief missions.
 

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Four ordered so far, two in a modified configuration with helicopter platforms above the LCAC deck.
 

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Ongoing developments with this class.

2nd Transfer Dock ship (USNS John Glenn)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxcdFbhdwts

First Sea Base variant deployment (USNS Puller)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgDuQ00FqE4

V-22 Ops testing on Puller
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVJWEKZoowE
 
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