The Navy has named its first mobile platform after a special group of marines from right here in the east. The USNS Montford point was christened Sunday in honor of the Montford Point marines. Those were 20, 000 African American marines who trained in Jacksonville in 1942. During a ceremony in San Diego, the 785 foot mobile pier was introduced. The ship will be used to reduce dependency on foreign ports, house vehicles, equipment and fuel. About 30 original Montford Point Marines attended today's event. The ship provides about 25,000 feet of usable space.
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