In the early haze of a Saturday morning (February 17, 2024) that felt both somber and charged, the steel colossus known as the USS John L. Canley (ESB-6) was commissioned into the US Navy’s ranks at Naval Air Station North Island.

This wasn’t your average naval ceremony; it was a potent mix of military tradition and raw, unfiltered pride, all set against the backdrop of the relentless Pacific.

With a length that rivals the skyscrapers of some small cities, this 784-foot (239-meter) leviathan of the seas was poised to redefine the game of sea-to-shore logistics, a silent giant waking up to the call of duty.

This fourth iteration of the Expeditionary Sea Base (ESB) platform is more than just a ship; it’s a Swiss Army knife on the high seas.