General Dynamics awarded $129M for MLP 3 AFSB The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics NASSCO a $128.5M contract for the detail design and construction of the Mobile Landing Platform, or MLP, 3 Afloat Forward Staging Base, or AFSB. NASSCO is a business unit of General Dynamics. Under the terms of the contract, NASSCO will provide the detail design and construction efforts to convert the MLP 3 to an AFSB variant. The work will be performed at NASSCO's San Diego shipyard and scheduled to be completed by October 2015. The MLP AFSB is a flexible platform and a key element in the Navy's large-scale airborne mine countermeasure mission. The ship is designed to facilitate a wide variety of future mission sets in support of special operations. With accommodations for 250 personnel and a large helicopter flight deck, the MLP AFSB will provide a highly capable and affordable asset to the Navy and Marine Corps.