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Lewis and Clark  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2006
Total Production: 14
Unitary Cost: USD$490 million
Also Known As: T-AKE
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: General Dynamics NASSCO
Parent System: T-AKE
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2006
Total Production: 14
Total Cost: USD$6.9 billion
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Description: The T-AKE-class combat logistics force ships have been designed by National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO), a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics, to meet the requirements of the US Navy and NATO. These ships will deliver at port or at sea ammunition, provisions, stores, spare parts, potable water and petroleum products to carrier battle groups and other naval forces, serving as a shuttle ship or station ship. It will serve for extended periods at sea providing replenishment services to forward deployed forces.

The T-AKE class ships will operate for extended periods at sea while providing replenishment services for the US Navy fleet. They are a new combat logistics force (CLF) vessel intended to replace the current capability of the T-AE 26 Kilauea-Class ammunition ships, T-AFS 1 Mars-Class combat stores ships and, when operating with T-AO 187 Henry J. Kaiser-Class oiler ships, the AOE 1 Sacramento-Class fast combat support ships.

Each T-AKE vessel can accommodate up to 7,000 metric tons of dry cargo and ammunition, 23,500 barrels of diesel fuel, and 52,800 gal of potable water. Combining international proven technologies such as electric-drive propulsion system with commercial design features the US Navy expects to reduce dramatically ownership costs.

As of 2004, NASSCO was under contract to build six T-AKE dry cargo/ammunition ships with six additional ships as options. The lead ship, the USNS Lewis and Clark, construction began in September 2003 and was planned to be commissioned in early 2006.

On January 11, 2005, NASSCO was awarded a $586 million contract by the US Navy funding two additional T-AKE ships to be delivered in 2008. The T-AKE program covers eight ships with options on four more. The eight ships ordered, as of 2005, were valued at approximately $2.5 billion.

The US Navy approved the construction of the ninth T-AKE ship with a $317 million contract award to General Dynamics NASSCO January 30, 2006. Following this decision the T-AKE program value was brought to $2.8 billion for nine ships plus three more options.

The US Navy christened the USNS Sacagawea (T-AKE 2) replenishment ship on Saturday, 24 June, 2006 at National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, San Diego, California.

Lewis and Clark Specifications

Beam: 32.2 meter (106 foot)
Draft: 9.12 meter (29.9 foot)
Length: 210 meter (689 foot)
Max Range: 23,000 kilometer (12,419 nautical mile)
Cruise Speed: 10.3 mps (20.0 knot)
Service Life: 40 year
Displacement: 41,000 metric ton
Cargo: 7,000 ton
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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Lewis and Clark News

There are 9 news between
11 Jan 2005 and 31 May 2011
Tuesday, May 31, 2011General Dynamics NASSCO Awarded Contract to Build First Two Mobile Landing Platforms
Tuesday, February 17, 2009NASSCO Awarded Design Contract for Mobile Landing Platform Ship
Friday, December 12, 2008US Navy Awards Contract for Construction of Four T-AKE Logistics Ships
Friday, February 1, 2008General Dynamics NASSCO Awarded Contract for Tenth T-AKE Ship Construction
Thursday, August 23, 2007General Dynamics NASSCO and Navy Agree to Terms for Five Additional T-AKE Ships
Monday, July 23, 2007General Dynamics NASSCO Awarded Long-Lead Materials Contract for 10th T-AKE Ship
Monday, May 14, 2007US Navy to Christen USNS Richard E. Byrd
Tuesday, February 27, 2007General Dynamics NASSCO Delivers Second T-AKE Ship
Tuesday, January 11, 2005US Navy Orders Two More T-AKE Dry Cargo/Ammunition Ships

Operators & Related Equipment


Grand Total 141

Lewis and Clark Ship Listing

SerialNameStatusLaunch DateCommissionDecommission
T-AKE 1 USNS Lewis and Clark-2006-
T-AKE 2 USNS Sacagawea-27 Feb 2007-
T-AKE 3 USNS Alan Shepard6 Dec 200627 Jun 2007-
T-AKE 4 USNS Richard E. Byrd15 May 200714 Nov 2007-
T-AKE 5 USNS Robert E. Peary9 Feb 20085 Jun 2008-
T-AKE 6 USNS Amelia Earhart6 Apr 200830 Oct 2008-
T-AKE 7 USNS Carl Brashear18 Sep 20084 Mar 2009-
T-AKE 8 USNS Wally Schirra8 Mar 20091 Sep 2009-
T-AKE 9 USNS Matthew C. Perry16 Aug 200924 Feb 2010-
T-AKE 10 USNS Charles R. Drew27 Feb 201014 Jul 2010-
T-AKE 11 USNS Washington Chambers11 Sep 2010Feb 2012-
T-AKE 12 USNS William McLean16 Apr 2011Jan 2013-
T-AKE 13 USNS Medgar Evers12 Nov 201124 Apr 2012-
T-AKE 14 USNS Cesar Chavez5 May 2012Nov 2014-

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