Aqua-Chem in Partnership with the US Navy

The USNS Montford Point, the first of the US Navy‘s MLP (Mobile Landing Platform) ships was recently christened in San Diego. On board equipment includes an Aqua-Chem 25,000 gallon per day reverse osmosis system that produces drinking water from seawater. This equipment is manufactured in Aqua-Chem’s Knoxville, TN facility. 

Aqua-Chem has shipped the water makers for MLP-2, USNS John Glenn, and MLP-3, USNS Lewis Puller, to the shipbuilder, NASSCO. The Navy has plans to build a fourth MLP, a Maritime Prepositioning ship in the next couple of years. The MLP is a multi use cargo ship with a length of 765 feet and beam (width) of 164 feet. The ship can lower itself in the water so that the large middle deck is even with the water to accommodate the launch and retrieval of USMC hovercraft. 

“This is a distinct honor for our company”, said Aqua-Chem President and CEO David Gensterblum. “Our company has manufactured water purification systems for the U.S. Navy for decades. Our military systems are a core part of our business.”

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