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Dry Cargo/Ammunition Ships T-AKE

Last updated: 29 Sep 2021

The dry cargo/ammunition ships are operated by the Navy's Military Sealift Command. In this class of 14 ships, 12 ships provide multi-product combat logistics support to the Navy fleet. Two ships support the U.S. Marine Corps at sea as part of the Maritime Prepositioning Force.

As the Navy's newest CLF underway replenishment ships, the T-AKEs replace the Kilauea-class (T-AE 26) ammunition ships; Mars-class (T-AFS 1) and SIRIUS-class (T-AFS-8) combat stores ships. A T-AKE operating in concert with a Henry J. Kaiser-class (T-AO 187) fleet replenishment oiler can be assigned in lieu of a T-AOE Fast Combat Support Ship.  

As auxiliary support ships, T-AKEs directly contribute to the ability of the Navy to maintain a forward presence. In their primary mission role, the T-AKEs provide logistic lift to deliver cargo (ammunition, food limited quantities of fuel, repair parts and ship store items) to U.S. and allied ships at sea. In their secondary mission, the T-AKEs may be required to operate in concert with a Henry J. Kaiser-class (T-AO 187) fleet replenishment oiler as a substitute station ship to provide direct logistics support to the ships within a carrier strike group.  

The primary goal of the T-AKE program is to provide effective fleet underway replenishment capability at the lowest life cycle cost. To meet that goal, the ships are designed and constructed to commercial specifications & standards and certified/classed by the American Bureau of Shipping, United States Coast Guard, and other regulatory bodies. All are operated by the U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command. They were built in San Diego by General Dynamics, NASSCO.  

General Characteristics Propulsion: Integrated electric propulsion, with generation at 6.6kV by FM/MAN B&W diesel generators; single fixed pitch propeller; bow thruster
Length: 689 ft
Beam: 106 ft
Displacement: 41,000 tons, Speed 20kts
Draft: 30 ft
Speed: 20 knots
Crew: 53 Civilian
Load: 6,675 tons dry cargo, 1,716 tons refrigerated stores, 18,000 bbls cargo fuel; Designed to carry 63 percent more cargo than previous AE and AFS classes.
Landing/Attack Craft: Air Cap: Two VERTREP capable helicopters
USNS Lewis and Clark (T-AKE 1), No homeport - Delivered June 20, 2006
USNS Sacagawea (T-AKE 2), No homeport - Delivered Feb. 27, 2007
USNS Alan Shepard (T-AKE 3), No homeport - Delivered June 26, 2007
USNS Richard E. Byrd (T-AKE 4), No homeport - Delivered Jan. 8, 2008
USNS Robert E. Peary (T-AKE 5), No homeport - Delivered June 5, 2008
USNS Amelia Earhart (T-AKE 6), No homeport - Delivered Oct. 30, 2008
USNS Carl Brashear (T-AKE 7), No homeport - Delivered March 4, 2009
USNS Wally Schirra (T-AKE 8), No homeport - Delivered Sept. 1, 2009
Matthew C. Perry (T-AKE 9), No homeport - Delivered Feb. 24, 2010 
USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE 10), No homeport - Delivered July 14, 2010
Washington Chambers (T-AKE 11), No homeport - Delivered Feb. 23, 2011 
William McLean (T-AKE 12), No homeport - Construction began Fall 2009
USNS Medgar Evers (T-AKE-13), No homeport - Delivered April 24, 2012 
USNS Cesar Chavez (T-AKE-14), No homeport - Delivered October 24, 2012  

Point of Contact
Military Sealift Command
Public Affairs

471 East C. St.
Norfolk, VA 23511-2419

(757) 443-2839


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