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  • Pacific Merchant Marine Council, NLUS
    Two new T-AKE ships named Ships named after Carl Brashear and Wally Schirra The following news release was issued by the Department of Defense: March 3, 2008
    Message 1 of 2 , Mar 9, 2008
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      Two new T-AKE ships named

      Ships named after Carl Brashear and Wally Schirra

      The following news release was issued by the Department of Defense:

      March 3, 2008 -- Secretary of the Navy Dr. Donald C. Winter announced the naming of the seventh and eighth Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo/ammunition ships (T-AKE) as Carl Brashear and Wally Schirra. The T-AKEs are owned and operated by the U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command.

      The selection of Carl Brashear, designated T-AKE 7, honors Master Chief Boatswain's Mate (Master Diver) Carl M. Brashear, who joined the U.S. Navy in 1948. He was a pioneer in the Navy as the first black deep-sea diver, the first black master diver and the first U.S. Navy diver to be restored to full active duty as an amputee, the result of a leg injury he sustained during a salvage operation.

      After 31 years of service, Brashear officially retired from the U.S. Navy on April 1, 1979. Brashear was the subject of the 2000 movie "Men of Honor" starring Cuba Gooding Jr.

      The selection of Wally Schirra, designated T-AKE 8, was chosen in honor of Capt. Walter "Wally" Schirra. Schirra was a U.S. Naval Academy graduate and former Navy test pilot who served in both World War II and Korean War.

      Schirra is honored as one of the original seven Mercury astronauts. He holds the distinction of being the only astronaut to fly in each of the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs. Schirra officially retired from the U.S. Navy and NASA in 1969. Schirra and the other original Mercury 7 astronauts are the subject of the 1983 movie "The Right Stuff".

      The naming of Carl Brashear and Wally Schirra continues the tradition of the T-AKE Lewis and Clark-class of honoring legendary pioneers and explorers.

      The T-AKEs are 689 feet in length, have an overall beam of 106 feet, a navigational draft of 30 feet and displace approximately 42,000 tons. Powered by single-shaft diesel-electric propulsion systems, the T-AKEs can reach a speed of 20 knots. As part of MSC's Naval Fleet Auxiliary Force, the T-AKEs are designated USNS. The term stands for United States Naval Ship. The T-AKEs are crewed by civil service mariners working for MSC as well as a Navy detachment.

       

       
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      Navy s Newest Replenishment Ship Launched in San Diego Release Date: 5/17/2007 By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman José R. Rolón, Fleet Public Affairs
      Message 2 of 2 , Oct 13, 2008
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        Navy's Newest Replenishment Ship Launched in San Diego
        Release Date: 5/17/2007
        By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman José R. Rolón, Fleet Public Affairs Center, Pacific

        http://www.c3f.navy.mil/newspage_Navy's_Newest_Replenishment_Ship_lanuches.htm

        SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- The U.S. Navy's newest underway replenishment vessel, USNS Richard E. Byrd (T-AKE-4), was christened and launched from the General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO) shipyard in San Diego on May 15.

        "This ship is a great acquisition for United States and a great advancement for the Navy," said Secretary of the Navy Donald C. Winter. "A great ship like this will provide the support for all the activities overseas for the next 40 or more years."

        USNS Byrd is the fourth ship in the Navy's new 11-ship T-AKE class and will deliver ammunition, provisions, stores, spare parts, potable water and petroleum products to the Navy's carrier and expeditionary strike groups and other naval forces underway. T-AKEs have the largest cargo-carrying capacity and the largest flight deck of any combat logistics force ship.

        "The T-AKE ship we will launch today is not just 250,000 tons of steel. It is 250,000 tons of quality, technology and support to the naval forces," said Rear Adm. Charles H. Goddard, program executive officer, ships. "God bless the crew of USNS Richard E. Byrd and America."

        The 689-foot ship can deliver 10,000 tons of food, ammunition, fuel and other provisions to combat ships.

        Richard E. Byrd's civil service master Capt. Robert Jaeger is excited to see his ship in the water and one step closer to carrying out its role in the fleet.

        "She will increase the supporting capabilities," said Jaeger. "Prior to the launching of the ship, it was just a constructed piece of metal, the moment it touched the water for the first time she became a ship -- and that is a wonderful feeling for me."

        USNS Byrd is scheduled to be delivered to the Navy's Military Sealift Command in November of this year and will be crewed by 124 civil service mariners and 11 military personnel.

        "This is all possible because of the really good team work between the Navy and the shipyard," said Frederick J. Harris, president of NASSCO. "Without that teamwork we wouldn't have been able to accomplish this successfully."

         

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        The entire T-AKE dry cargo/ ammunition ship program could have a total value of as much as $6.2 billion in exchange for 14 ships, as the US looks to modernize its supply ship fleet. Indeed, the House Armed Services Committee recently put together an FY 2008 budget that added $456 million for another T-AKE ship – though this figure would not cover all of the internal systems et. al. that must be added to make it operational.

        http://www.nassco.com/usn_dac/tadcx.html

        T-AKE Program

        T-AKE Ship

        The T-AKE is a dry cargo/ammunition ship, the lead ship in the Lewis and Clark class. 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 aging T-AE ammunition ships and T-AFS combat stores ships that are nearing the end of their service lives.

        In October 2001, the Navy awarded NASSCO a $709-million contract for the design and construction of the first two ships in the T-AKE program, a new class of dry cargo/ammunition ships for the Military Sealift Command. The Navy exercised its option for a third T-AKE ship in July 2002, awarding a $290-million contract. In July 2003, the Navy exercised its option for a fourth T-AKE ship, awarding a $288-million contract. In January 2004, NASSCO received a $580-million contract to build two additional T-AKE ships, bringing the total to six. In January 2005, the seventh and eighth ships were awarded, bringing the total value of the program to $2.5 billion. In January 2006, the Navy exercised its option to build the ninth ship under the program, awarding a $317-million contract. In July 2007, the Navy awarded a $100-million Long-Lead Time Materials (LLTM) contract for the tenth T-AKE ship. The Navy fully funded T-AKE 10 and awarded a LLTM contract for the eleventh T-AKE ship in February 2008.  The program has the potential for a total of 14 ships to be awarded, with a total contract value of $5.2 billion, giving NASSCO a firm backlog through 2014.

        T-AKE Program Fact Sheet
        T-AKE 1 Photo Gallery
        USNS Lewis and Clark
        T-AKE 2 Photo Gallery
        USNS Sacagawea
        T-AKE 3 Photo Gallery
        USNS Alan Shepard
        T-AKE 4 Photo Gallery
        USNS Richard E. Byrd
        T-AKE 5 Photo Gallery
        USNS Robert E. Peary
        T-AKE 6 Photo Gallery
        USNS Amelia Earhart
        T-AKE 7 Photo Gallery
        USNS Carl Brashear
        T-AKE 8 Photo Gallery
        USNS Wally Schirra

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

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        --- In PMMC-NLUS@yahoogroups.com, "Pacific Merchant Marine Council, NLUS" <pmmc@...> wrote:
         
        Two new T-AKE ships named
         
        Ships named after Carl Brashear and Wally Schirra
        The following news release was issued
        by the Department of Defense: 

        March 3, 2008 -- Secretary of the Navy Dr. Donald C. Winter announced the naming of the seventh and eighth Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo/ammunition ships (T-AKE) as Carl Brashear and Wally Schirra. The T-AKEs are owned and operated by the U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command...

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