US Navy Orders Two More T-AKE Dry Cargo/Ammunition Ships


Released on Tuesday, January 11, 2005
United States of America
Lewis and Clark
NASSCO - National Steel and Shipbuilding Company
National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO), a General Dynamics subsidiary, has been awarded a $586 million contract by the US Navy exercising an option on two further T-AKE dry cargo/ammunition ships. The number of T-AKE combat logistics force ships to be built by NASSCO stands at eight ships with options on additional four.

The T-AKE program is now valued at $2.5 billion for eight ships. The first unit, named USNS Lewis and Clark, construction began in September 2003 and will be delivered in 2005. The second ship is expected to be delivered in 2006. The seventh T-AKE is expected to be delivered in May 2008 and the eighth ship in July the same year. These ships will be operated by the Military Sealift Command.

T-AKE ships will transfer cargo, ammunition, food, fuel, repair parts, and expendable supplies and material to station ships and other naval forces either in port or at sea. Older T-AE and T-AFS logistics support ships will be replaced by T-AKE while upgrading the US Navy's ability to maintain its forward deployed forces. In addition, T-AKE ships will combine proven international marine technologies such as an integrated electric-drive propulsion system with commercial design features that will minimize the cost of operation and maintenance aver their expected 40-year life.

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