954USNS William McLean (T-AKE 12) launched April 16
- Apr 26, 2011For more on this class of Military Sealift Command supply ships see: http://media.defenseindustrydaily.com/images/SHIP_T-AKE-2_USNS_Sacagawea_Atlantic_COMPUTEX08_lg.jpgPhelpsSAN DIEGO (April 16, 2011) The newly christened Military Sealift Command dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS William McLean (T-AKE 12) is launched into San Diego Harbor. William McLean was christened by Margaret Taylor, the eldest niece of Dr. William McLean, the U.S. Navy physicist who conceived and developed the heat-seeking Sidewinder missile. U.S. Navy photo by MC2 Alan Gragg
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- USNS William McLean, the newest ship in the U.S. Navy's Lewis and Clark-class of dry cargo/ammunition ships, slid into the water for the first time during a nighttime launch and christening ceremony at the General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard in San Diego, April 16.
With a blast from the ship's horn, McLean's sponsor, Margaret Taylor, niece of the ship's namesake, broke the traditional bottle of champagne against the bow as a colorful fireworks display lit up the night sky.
"I am honored to represent then 9,000 men and women of MSC tonight as we christen the 12th dry cargo/ammunition ship to join MSC's fleet," said Rear Adm. Mark H. Buzby, commander, MSC. "USNS William McLean and her MSC mariners will be indispensible."
More than 1,000 people attend the event, including distinguished guests from the U.S. military, maritime industry, NASSCO employees who built the ship and Marines from the Wounded Warrior Unit West at Camp Pendleton, Calif.
The 689-foot McLean, designated T-AKE 12, continues the Lewis and Clark-class tradition of honoring legendary pioneers and explorers, and is named in honor of William Burdette McLean, who developed the heat-seeking Sidewinder air-to-air missile while serving as a physicist for the Navy.
"William McLean's legacy is set on land, but his heart was in the sea," said Vice Adm. David J. Venlet, program executive officer F-35 Lightning II Program. "The crew of this ship shares that spirit and will carry it with them on their missions."
"I've been looking forward to this day for a very long time," said Capt. Robert Baus, McLean civil service master. "I'm honored to be here today for this launch, to be this ship's first master and to serve with this highly qualified crew."
McLean is the 12th of a projected 14 dry cargo/ammunition ships, all of which will be operated by MSC and crewed either primarily or solely by MSC civil service mariners, depending on the ship's mission. Eleven of the dry cargo/ammunition ships are slated to serve as part of MSC's Naval Fleet Auxiliary Force and three are slated to be part of MSC's Maritime Prepositioning Force.
Naval Fleet Auxiliary Force, or NFAF, ships deliver ammunition, food, fuel and other supplies to U.S. and allied ships at sea, enabling our Navy to maintain a worldwide forward presence. Maritime Prepositioning Force ships are continuously deployed to strategic locations worldwide carrying U.S. Marine Corps cargo ready for rapid delivery to Marines ashore.
Construction of McLean began with its keel laying March 26, 2010. The ship is scheduled to be delivered to MSC in the fall.
MSC operates approximately 110 noncombatant, civilian-crewed ships that replenish U.S. Navy ships, conduct specialized missions, strategically preposition combat cargo at sea around the world and move military cargo and supplies used by deployed U.S. forces and coalition partners.
For more news from Military Sealift Command, visit www.navy.mil/local/MSC.
General Dynamics NASSCO Launches USNS William McLean
SAN DIEGO, April 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- General Dynamics NASSCO, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), today launched the U.S. Navy's newest supply ship, USNS William McLean (T-AKE 12), during an evening christening ceremony at the shipyard. The USNS William McLean is the 12th of a class of 14 dry cargo/ammunition ships slated to serve as Combat Logistics Force (CLF) ships or be part of the Maritime Prepositioning Force.
USNS William McLean is named after William Burdette McLean (19141976), the U.S. Navy physicist who conceived and developed the heat-seeking Sidewinder missile. The Sidewinder was the first effective heat-seeking, short-range, air-to-air missile carried by fighter aircraft. After five decades, variants and upgrades of the Sidewinder remain in active service with many air forces today.
More than 1,000 people attended the evening launch of the USNS William McLean at the NASSCO shipyard. McLean's eldest niece, Mrs. Margaret Taylor, served as the ship's sponsor. Mrs. Taylor christened the ship by breaking the traditional bottle of champagne against the bow before the 689-foot-long vessel slid into the waters of San Diego Bay.
During World War II, McLean worked on ordnance equipment and testing at the National Bureau of Standards in Washington, D.C. Following the war, he moved to the Naval Ordnance Test Station in Inyokern, Calif. (now the Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake), where he led the project team developing the Sidewinder missile from 1945 to 1954. In April 1954, he was appointed technical director, the senior civilian position at the station, a position which he held until 1967. He then served as technical director for the U.S. Navy's submarine-warfare research center in San Diego until 1974.
"We at NASSCO are proud of the role the USNS William McLean will play in support of the U.S. Navy," said Fred Harris, president of NASSCO. "This ship joins a distinguished tradition of NASSCO-built or modified ships bound for service under the direction of the Navy's Military Sealift Command."
USNS William McLean is the twelfth ship of the 14-ship Lewis and Clark (T-AKE) Class of dry cargo ammunition ships General Dynamics NASSCO is building for the Navy's Military Sealift Command. NASSCO began constructing USNS William McLean in September 2009. Following its at-sea testing phase, the ship will be delivered to the Navy in the third quarter of 2011. When delivered to the Military Sealift Command, the ship will carry necessary supplies and equipment required to support U.S. Marine Corps operations anywhere in the world.
There are currently 16 Military Sealift Command prepositioning ships that have been especially configured to transport supplies for the U.S. Marine Corps. Nearly half of the ships in this Maritime Prepositioning Force were built or modified at General Dynamics NASSCO since the mid-1980s and are now forward-deployed to the western Pacific Ocean, the Indian Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea.
Located in San Diego, NASSCO employs 3,700 people and is the only major ship construction yard on the West Coast of the United States. The San Diego shipyard has already delivered 11 T-AKE ships to the Navy and is currently building two additional T-AKE ships, USNS Medgar Evers (T-AKE 13) and the yet unnamed T-AKE 14, for a total class of 14 vessels. Additional information on NASSCO can be found at www.nassco.com.
Navy to Christen USNS William McLean
The Navy will christen and launch the dry cargo/ammunition ship USNS William McLean, Saturday, April 16, 2011, during an 8 p.m. PDT ceremony at the General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard in San Diego. The ship is named to honor Navy research scientist William McLean whose accomplishments include developing the iconic Navys AIM-9 sidewinder, a short-range air-to-air missile.
Vice Adm. David Venlet, program executive officer - F-35 Lightning II Program, will deliver the ceremonys principal address. Serving as the ships sponsor is Margaret Taylor, niece of the ships namesake. The ceremony will include the time-honored Navy tradition of the sponsor breaking a bottle of champagne across the bow to formally christen the ship.
Continuing the Lewis and Clark class (T-AKE) tradition of honoring legendary pioneers and explorers, the Navys newest underway replenishment ship recognizes William Burdette McLean (1914-1976), who conceived and developed the heat-seeking Sidewinder air-to-air missile while serving as a physicist for the Navy. During World War II, McLean worked on ordnance equipment and testing at the National Bureau of Standards in Washington, D.C. Following the war he moved to the Naval Ordnance Test Station in China Lake, Calif., where he led the project team developing the sidewinder missile.
Designated T-AKE 12, William McLean is the 12th of an expected class of 14 dry cargo/ammunition ships, all of which will be operated by the U.S. Navys Military Sealift Command (MSC). Eleven of the T-AKEs are slated to serve as Combat Logistics Force (CLF) ships, and three are slated to be part of the Maritime Prepositioning Force. CLF ships help the Navy maintain a worldwide forward presence by delivering ammunition, food, fuel, and other supplies to U.S. and allied ships at sea. All 10 T-AKEs operating today are conducting CLF missions.
Maritime Prepositioning Force ships are continuously deployed to strategic locations worldwide carrying U.S. Marine Corps cargo, which is ready for rapid delivery to Marines ashore if needed.
T-AKE 12 is the first Navy ship named after McLean. As part of MSC, T-AKE 12 is designated as a United States Naval Ship (USNS) and will be crewed by civil service mariners. For CLF missions, the T-AKEs crews include a small department of Sailors. Like the other dry cargo/ammunition ships, T-AKE 12 is designed to operate independently for extended periods at sea and can carry two helicopters and their crews. The ship is 689 feet in length, has an overall beam of 106 feet, has a navigational draft of 30 feet, displaces approximately 42,000 tons and is capable of reaching a speed of 20 knots using a single-shaft, diesel-electric propulsion system.USNS William McLean (T-AKE-12) is a Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo ship of the United States Navy, named in honor of William McLean. The contract to build William McLean was awarded to National Steel and Shipbuilding Company on 12 December...en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USNS_William_McLean - Cached
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