The Navy’s newest ship looks bizarre, but for what it lacks in aesthetics it makes up for in utility. The USNS Montford Point is one of a kind, and serves as a seaborn port for larger vessels that need to transfer goods, equipment, or personnel to land. The ship has bridges and lifts for amphibious vehicles to drive onto from another ship, and can tie in to ports that cannot hold larger naval vessels.
Designated as a Mobile Landing Platform, or MLP, the Montford Point is a civilian-crewed, noncombatant vessel owned by the Navy. Though capable of assisting with combat operations, MLPs excel during humanitarian aid missions, where they can serve as much needed seaborn ports so valuable cargo can be delivered to those in need.