Dry Cargo/Ammunition Ships T-AKE
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.
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|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 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 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 Medgar Evers (T-AKE-13), No homeport - Delivered April 24, 2012|
|USNS Cesar Chavez (T-AKE-14), No homeport - Delivered October 24, 2012|
|Last Update: 9 January 2019|