Appearing Secretary of the Navy Thomas W. Harker introduced July 16 {that a} future Spearhead-class Expeditionary Quick Transport (EFP) ship will likely be named to honor the San Diego seaside neighborhood of Level Loma. The longer term USNS Level Loma (T-EPF-15) would be the second naval vessel to bear this title, the primary being a deep submergence assist ship that was decommissioned in 1993. Presently, eight Navy vessels honor the state of, or a location in, California. The title choice follows the naval custom of honoring small American cities or communities with ties to the Navy.

“It’s my honor to acknowledge the enduring assist of the neighborhood and residents of Level Loma, who for generations have supplied the Navy and Marine Corps with essential assist and infrastructure integral to the Division of the Navy’s mission,” mentioned Harker. “So many Sailors and Marines have known as this neighborhood house, and like I, a California native, have seen and felt the assist from this neighborhood. The crew of the longer term USNS Level Loma will honor this time-honored relationship, and can proceed to serve this neighborhood and the nation for generations to return.”


The neighborhood of Level Loma has a long-standing naval presence, starting in 1901 with the institution of the Naval Coaling Station, La Playa, which later grew to become Naval Provide Middle San Diego, Level Loma Annex in 1943. The Naval Coaching Middle San Diego in Level Loma served as a fundamental coaching facility for over seven a long time, and the Fort Rosecrans Nationwide Cemetery is the positioning of a monument for Sailors killed in a boiler explosion on board USS Bennington (Gunboat No. 4) in 1905. Presently, Naval Base Level Loma contains six installations and offers assist to 70 U.S. Pacific Fleet afloat and shore based mostly tenant instructions headquartered on the bottom.

The longer term T-EPF-15 is the final of the 15 EPFs awarded to the Navy, with the primary delivered in 2012. The Navy has accepted supply of 10 EPFs with USNS Burlington (T-EPF 10) being the latest supply in November 2018. Austal USA in Cell, Alabama, was awarded the contract to construct T-EPF-15 in February 2021. EPFs are commercial-based catamarans designed to be extremely succesful and inexpensive, permitting flexibility to the fleet with their capability to entry harsh ports with minimal exterior help. EPFs keep a wide range of roles together with humanitarian help, maritime safety and catastrophe reduction, amongst others. The vessel is designed to function in shallow-draft ports and waterways, and features a flight deck for helicopter operations and an off-load ramp that permit automobiles to drive off the ship.