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USS Lewis B. Puller ESB3 - IMO 9656008

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Photographer:Andreas Schlatterer [View profile]Title:USS Lewis B. Puller ESB3Added:Dec 30, 2020
Captured:December 30, 2020IMO:9656008Hits:1,405
Location:Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates
Photo Category: Auxiliaries
the US Navy Vessel Lewis B. Puller seen here approaching Port of Jebel Ali
Vessel Identification
Name:Lewis B.puller
Pennant no.:ESB3
Technical Data
Vessel type:Heavy Lift Vessel
Gross tonnage:58,000 tons
Summer DWT:60,000 tons

Additional Information
Class society:American Bureau Of Shipping
Build year:2014
AIS Information
AIS information: N/A
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USS Lewis B. Puller ESB3
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USNS Lewis B. Puller TESB3
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Steven Collingwood on Dec 31, 2020 14:54 (20 days ago)
Captain Bob-
She is not floodable. What she does is hosts small craft (particularly SOC craft and mine warfare craft that are launched via cranes from the lower decks). On the upper deck she hosts SOC and Mine Warfare Helicopters. She also has berthing capabilities for these resources and allows them to operate much closer to the battle area than shore bases. As for the waste of $, I guess that is how you view it.
Captain Bob on Dec 31, 2020 14:36 (20 days ago)
It looks like this ship has the capability to flood the hull like the Zhen Hua Chinese ships that deliver container cranes built in China to ports all over the world. But if so, then what's the purpose? The upper deck is flat, just like the lower deck. Tanks or heavy equipment could just as well be placed on the lower deck. This ship just looks like another colossal waste of U.S. taxpayer money.
Steven Collingwood on Dec 31, 2020 11:31 (20 days ago)
She was built and entered into service as part of the Civilian manned Military Service Command. Hence the USNS - United States NAVAL Ship designation - similar to RFA - Royal Fleet Auxiliary.
After deployment to the Persian Gulf, for legal reasons she was commissioned as a full fledge US Navy warship. This was due to the primary combat role of the ship. In doing so she was on the few US Navy Warships that was commissioned outside of the US. And she is now known as "USS" - United States Ships and she is now an official US Navy Ship.
Interestingly she actually has a combination of civilian mariner and US Navy crew.
Confusing, yes, but it is what it is.
Manfred on Dec 31, 2020 11:27 (20 days ago)
@ brian e cole & Bjorn Knudsen:


Bjørn Knudsen on Dec 31, 2020 08:47 (20 days ago)
USNS Lewis B.Puller TESB3 - IMO 9656008
brian e cole on Dec 31, 2020 02:59 (20 days ago)
Roy Brand on Dec 30, 2020 22:32 (20 days ago)
That is probably the strangest looking ship I've ever seen.
Manfred on Dec 30, 2020 15:43 (21 days ago)
She is USS Lewis B. Puller ESB-3 now (Wiki):
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