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US Navy commissions Lewis B. Puller class ESB USS John L. Canley.

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According to information published by the US DoD on February 17, 2024, the United States Navy officially commissioned the USS John L. Canley (ESB 6) in a ceremony held in Coronado, California, marking the addition of the newest Expeditionary Sea Base ship to its fleet.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Lewis B. Puller class Expeditionary Sea Base USS John L. Canley. (Picture source: US DoD)

Constructed by General Dynamics NASSCO, the USS John L. Canley is the sixth ship of its kind, joining the ranks alongside other Expeditionary Sea Base ships such as the USS Lewis B. Puller (ESB 3), USS Hershel "Woody" Williams (ESB 4), and USS Miguel Keith (ESB 5).

The USS John L. Canley is outfitted with comprehensive aviation facilities, berthing, equipment staging support, and command and control assets, including a four-spot flight deck and hangar. This design allows it to support various maritime-based missions, including Special Operations Forces and Airborne Mine Counter Measures.

About the ESB

The Puller class expeditionary mobile base vessels have a displacement of approximately 90,000 long tons (100,000 short tons) when fully loaded. They measure 764 feet (233 meters) in length and have a beam of 164 feet (50 meters).

The draft of these ships is 25.5 feet (7.8 meters). Powered by diesel-electric engines, they utilize integrated power systems and are propelled by two propellers. These vessels can achieve a speed of 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph) and have a range of 9,500 nautical miles (17,600 km; 10,900 mi). The crew consists of 19 officers and 231 enlisted personnel. For defense, they are equipped with 12 stations for .50 caliber machine guns.

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