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USS John L. Canley (ESB 6) arrives in San Diego before joining active fleet.

| Naval News Navy 2024

According to information released by the US Department of Defense on February 9, 2024, the Expeditionary Sea Base (ESB) USS John L. Canley (ESB 6) entered San Diego port before joining the active fleet on February 17. A commissioning ceremony is planned at Naval Base Coronado and at Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 PCU John L. Canley (ESB 6) enters San Diego Harbor Feb. 9 2024 (Picture source: US DoD)

The future USS John L. Canley (ESB 6) will be the newest Expeditionary Sea Base (ESB) and the sixth ship of the Expeditionary Mobile Base platform. It will be part of the forward-deployed naval force operating from Saipan in the Pacific Ocean.

ESB-class ships are highly versatile platforms that support various military operations such as airborne mine countermeasures (AMCM), special operations forces (SOF) operations, crisis response naval bases (e.g., naval special warfare task force), intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) operations, and unmanned aviation systems (UAS). These ships are critical access infrastructure supporting force deployment.

ESB-class ships feature a flight deck with four aviation operating spots capable of accommodating MH-53E helicopters, accommodations, workspaces, and a munitions warehouse for embarked forces, as well as an enhanced command, control, communications, computers, and intelligence system. These ships also have a reconfigurable mission deck area for equipment storage, including mine sleds and rigid-hull inflatable boats.

The ship has a displacement of 83,000 tons, a length of 239 meters, a width of 50 meters, and a draft of 10.5 meters. The ship is powered by an integrated diesel-electric power system, with two propellers allowing it to reach a maximum speed of 15 knots. The USS John L. Canley has a range of 9,500 nautical miles (17,600 km; 10,900 mi), enabling it to operate for extended periods without refueling.

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