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Navy Takes Delivery of Future Expeditionary Sea Base USS John L. Canley
By: Mallory Shelbourne - USNI News - 03-03-23

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Future USS John L. Canley (ESB-6) at its christening ceremony at General Dynamics NASSCO on June 25, 2022. GD NASSCO Photo

The Navy took delivery of a new Lewis B. Puller-class Expeditionary Sea Base ship, the service announced this week.

The future USS John L. Canley (ESB-6), built by General Dynamics NASSCO at its San Diego, Calif., shipyard, is named for retired Marine Sgt. Maj. John L. Canley. Canley in 2018 received the Medal of Honor at the White House for his actions during the Vietnam War.

“The 784 foot ship honors Gunnery Sgt. John L. Canley, a United States Marine who distinguished himself in battle during the Viet Nam war, in January/February 1968, during the Battle of Huế, with Company A, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines,” Military Sealift Command said in a news release about the ship’s delivery.
Note: “Canley was originally awarded the Navy Cross but this was upgraded to the Medal of Honor, fifty years after the battle, making him the first living Black Marine to receive the nation’s highest military decoration for valor.”

While the ESBs were originally slated to fall under Military Sealift Command with the USNS designation, in 2020, the Navy announced it would commission all of the ESBs as Navy warships.

“Today’s delivery highlights the strengths of the Navy and our industry partners, working together to bring ESB 6 and its range of capabilities to the fleet,” Tim Roberts, Program Executive Office Ships’ strategic and theater sealift program manager, said in a Navy news release. “Sergeant Major Canley nobly served his country, and his namesake ship will help provide the warfighter with capability and access.”

Note: The USS Hershel “Woody” Williams’ (ESB-4) and USS Miguel Keith (ESB-5)
have deployed to U.S. Africa Command and U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, respectively. USS Lewis B. Puller (ESB-3), the lead ship in the class, operated in U.S. 5th Fleet for experimentation shortly after it was designated as a Navy warship.

Also; NASSCO is also building the future USS Robert E. Simanek (ESB-7), for which it laid the keel in October.

Meanwhile, the Coast Guard took delivery of Fast Response Cutter USCGC Maurice Jester from Bollinger Shipyards on Thursday.

“This is the 178th vessel Bollinger has delivered to the U.S. Coast Guard over a 35-year period and the 52nd Fast Response Cutter (“FRC”) delivered under the current program,” Bollinger said in a news release.

Article Keywords: Bollinger, Coast Guard, General Dynamic NASSCO, U.S. Africa Command, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, USS Hershel "Woody" Williams (ESB-4), USS John L. Canley (ESB-6), USS Lewis B. Puller (ESB-3), USS Miguel Keith (ESB-5)
Categories: Budget Industry, News & Analysis, Surface Forces, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Navy

About this writer: Mallory Shelbourne is a reporter for USNI News. She previously covered the Navy for Inside Defense and reported on politics for The Hill.
Personal note: One thing is for sure the Military is growing faster and faster
of late. Out with the old in with the new. To bad our civilian system doesn't
work like that! Maybe we'd get more up to date things accomplished.
But again that's only speculation - the old refuse's to be replaced - therefore
we get what they want us to have only.

O Almighty Lord God, who neither slumberest nor sleepest; Protect and assist, we beseech thee, all those who at home or abroad, by land, by sea, or in the air, are serving this country, that they, being armed with thy defence, may be preserved evermore in all perils; and being filled with wisdom and girded with strength, may do their duty to thy honour and glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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