ESB ships are highly flexible platforms designed to support multiple maritime-based missions, including Air Mine Counter Measures, Special Operations Forces, and limited crisis response. Acting as a mobile sea base, this 784-foot ship has a 52,000 square-foot flight deck to support aircraft operations. The four spots on the ship’s flight deck can accommodate MH-60 Seahawk helicopters as well as MH-53 helicopters, H-1 helicopters and MV-22 tilt-rotor aircraft.
The ships have sleeping spaces for 250 military personnel in addition to members of the crew. The Military Sealift Command operates the ships.
Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Michael E. Langley served as the principal speaker at the ceremony, in addition to remarks from NASSCO, U.S. Navy, and U.S. Marine Corps representatives. Following remarks, Patricia A. Sargent, the ship’s sponsor and daughter of the ship’s namesake, christened the ship by breaking a bottle of sparkling wine alongside the hull.
“Today, we celebrate and honor a true hero, Sgt. Maj. Canley. This ship represents his courage, selflessness and strength,” said Dave Carver, president of General Dynamics NASSCO. “On behalf of the 3,500 men and women of General Dynamics NASSCO, I am proud to present the USNS John L. Canley for christening.”
In 2020, Kenneth J. Braithwaite, then Secretary of the Navy, declared that the fourth ship in the ESB program be named after Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. Maj. John L. Canley. Canley rescued more than 20 fellow Marines under enemy fire in Vietnam during the Battle of Hu City in 1968. In addition to the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest honor, Canley receive the Bronze Star with Combat “V” and the Purple Heart.
The USNS Robert E. Simanek, the fifth ship in the ESB program, is currently under construction. The first three ships in the ESB program – USS Lewis B. Puller, USS Hershel “Woody” Williams and USS Miguel Keith – have been delivered to the Navy.
General Dynamics NASSCO is also building a series of fleet replenishment oilers for the Navy. In addition, it is one of several shipyards in the Port of San Diego that repairs Navy ships.
$16.7M IT Deal Goes to Innovatus
The Department of the Navy recently awarded Kearny Mesa-based Innovatus Technology Consulting a five-year, $16.7 million contract for sustainment and modernization support of the Standard Labor Data Collection and Distribution Application. Also called SLDCADA, the software is a part of the Navy Enterprise Business Solutions (EBS) portfolio managed by the Naval Warfare program commonly known as PMW 220.
“Innovatus is thrilled to provide our renowned depth of knowledge, while securing peak operability and providing maximum value for our customer,” said John T. Nguyen, President of Innovatus Technology Consulting. “This approach is the keystone of what we deliver and extend as recipients of this SLDCADA mission-critical award.”
SLDCADA is a web-based time and attendance system developed by the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) chosen as the Department of the Navy standard impacting the livelihood of more than 100,000 Navy personnel and contractors alike. Provided by either centralized or distributed means, SLDCADA input tracks civilian, military and contractor hours against job order numbers and type hour codes for financial and pay purposes.