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Navy to Christen USNS Washington Chambers September 11

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    USNS Washington Chambers (T-AKE 11) during construction. What she will look like when sea trials commence ... Navy to Christen USNS Washington Chambers
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 10, 2010
                       USNS Washington Chambers (T-AKE 11) during construction.
                           What she will look like when sea trials commence

      Navy to Christen USNS Washington Chambers

      From the Department of Defense

      WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Navy will christen and launch the dry cargo/ammunition ship USNS Washington Chambers (T-AKE 11), Sept. 11 during a 10 a.m. PDT ceremony at the General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard in San Diego.

      The ship is named to honor naval aviation pioneer Capt. Washington Chambers.

      Rear Adm. Richard J. O'Hanlon, commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic, will deliver the ceremony's principal address.

      Loretta Penn, wife of former Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Installations and Environment and former Acting Secretary of the Navy, B.J. Penn, is the sponsor, and in accordance with Navy tradition, will break a bottle of champagne across the bow to formally christen the ship.

      Continuing the Lewis and Clark-class tradition of honoring legendary pioneers and explorers, the Navy's newest underway replenishment ship recognizes Chambers for his major role in the early development of naval aviation. Responsible for the Navy's emerging aviation activities, Chambers arranged the world's first airplane flight from a warship. The Nov. 14, 1910, flight by aviator Eugene Ely on the light cruiser USS Birmingham (CL 2) confirmed the potential of carrier-based naval aviation.

      Designated T-AKE 11, Washington Chambers is the 11th ship of the 14-ship class. As a combat logistics force ship, Washington Chambers will help the Navy maintain a worldwide forward presence by delivering ammunition, food, fuel and other dry cargo to U.S. and allied ships at sea.

      T-AKE 11 is the first Navy ship named after Chambers. As part of Military Sealift Command's Naval Fleet Auxiliary Force, Washington Chambers is designated as a U.S. naval ship and will be crewed by 129 civil service mariners and 11 Navy sailors. The ship is designed to operate independently for extended periods at sea and can carry two helicopters. 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.

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      For more on the Lewis and Clark T-AKE class ships, visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lewis_and_Clark_class_dry_cargo_ship.

      Name:Washington Chambers
      Namesake:Washington Chambers[1]
      Awarded:12 December 2008[2]
      Builder:National Steel and Shipbuilding[2]
      Laid down:25 August 2009[1]
      Status:Under construction
      General characteristics
      Class and type:Lewis and Clark-class cargo ship
      Displacement:23,852 tons light,
      40,298 tons full,
      16,446 tons dead[2]
      Length:210 m (689 ft) overall,
      199.3 m (654 ft) waterline[2]
      Beam:32.3 m (106 ft) extreme,
      32.3 m (106 ft) waterline[2]
      Draft:9.1 m (30 ft) maximum,
      9.4 m (31 ft) limit[2]
      Propulsion:Integrated propulsion and ship service electrical system, with generation at 6.6 kV by FM/MAN B&W diesel generators; one fixed pitch propeller; bow thruster[2]
      Speed:20 knots (37 km/h)
      Range:14,000 nautical miles at 20 kt
      (26,000 km at 37 km/h)
      Capacity:• Max dry cargo weight:
        5,910 long tons (6,005 t)
      • Max dry cargo volume:
        783,000 cubic feet (22,000 m³)
      • Max cargo fuel weight:
        2,350 long tons (2,390 t)
      • Cargo fuel volume:
        18,000 barrels (2,900 m³)
        (DFM: 10,500) (JP5:7,500)
      Complement:49 military, 123 civilian[2]
      Electronic warfare
      and decoys:
      Nulka decoy launchers
      Armament:2–6 × 12.7 mm machine guns
      or 7.62 mm medium machine guns
      Aircraft carried:two helicopters, either Sikorsky MH-60S Knighthawk or Aerospatiale Super Puma

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