LEWIS and CLARK (T-AKE 1)
Class DRY CARGO / AMMUNITION Ship
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Carl Brashear T-AKE-7 on HISTORY CHANNEL  You can #7 in link to Ship Yards above.

The first of the planned twelve ships is scheduled for initial operating capability in 2006, and is being designed for a forty-year service life.
T-AKE's perform along side or with the HENRY J. KAISER Class T-AO's or SUPPLY Class AOE's

Revised: May 5, 2010
  T-AKE-1 : LEWIS adn CLARK:
T-AKE-5 : ROBERT E. PEARY:
T-AKE-9  : MATTHEW PERRY
  T-AKE-2 : SACAGAWEA:
T-AKE-6 : AMELIA EARHART
T-AKE-10  : CHARLES DREW
  T-AKE-3 : ALAN SHEPARD:
T-AKE-7 : CARL BRASHEAR T-AKE-11  : WASHINGTON CHAMBERS
  T-AKE-4 : RICHARD E. BYRD: Under Construction T-AKE-8 : WALLY SCHIRRA T-AKE-12  : WILLIAM McLEAN
Designed to operate independently for extended periods at sea while providing underway replenishment services, the T-AKE will directly contribute to the ability of the Navy to maintain a forward presence. These ships will provide logistic lift from sources of supply either in port or at sea and will transfer cargo that includes ammunition, food, fuel, repair parts, and expendable supplies and material to station ships and other naval warfare forces at sea. The T-AKE will replace the existing fifteen Mars and Sirius Class Combat Store Ships and the Kilauea Class Ammunitions Ships that are nearing the end of their service lives.  The T-AKE will also replace existing Sacramento Class Oilers.

The Auxiliary Cargo and Ammunition Ship (T-AKE) program will provide ammunition and combat stores - including dry stores, frozen and chilled products, spare parts and consumables with a limited combatant refueling capability. In its shuttle role, the T-AKE will provide logistics lift to station ships from supply sources, such as friendly ports, and at sea from Modular Cargo Delivery System (MCDS) equipped merchant vessels. Working in concert with an Oiler (T-AO), the pair can perform a “substitute” station ship mission providing provisions; spare parts, dry stores, ammunition and fuel directly to naval combatants in the absence of an assigned AOE station ship.

Military Sealift Command (MSC) will operate the T-AKE with a Civilian Mariner (CIVMAR) crew and a small Military Detachment (MILDET). Therefore, T-AKE will be built to current international regulations for merchant ships, United States Coast Guard (USCG) requirements, and American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) Rules for Building and Classing of Steel Vessels, including the requirements for commercial communications. In addition, the T-AKE will have the ability to land both commercial and military helicopters. The MILDET will be responsible for aviation operations.

    General Dynamics NASSCO will construct all 12 of the T-AKE ships           Design History

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   PRINCIPAL CHARACTERISTICS:
   Length Overall ..............(689 ft.) 210.0M                 Beam, Moulded ..........(105.6 ft.) 32.2M              Draft, Design ..........(29.9 ft.) 9.12M
  
Fuel Cargo Volume ........26,000 bbl                        Displacement at Full Load ...41,000 MT              Dry Cargo Weight ....(5,463 LT) 5,550 MT  
The ship's power train will feature twin synchronous Alstom propulsion motors driving a single fixed-pitch propeller,
and will achieve a speed of 20 knots at design draft and 80% propulsion.

T-AKE-1 Christened and Launched  on May 21, 2006

Dock side completion for delivery
in 2nd quarter 2006







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