USNS Alan Shepard (T-AKE-3)

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USNS Alan Shepard (T-AKE-3) sails out of San Diego harbor.
Career (US)
Name: USNS Alan Shepard
Namesake: Alan Shepard
Awarded: 16 July 2002
Builder: National Steel and Shipbuilding
Laid down: 14 February 2006
Launched: 6 December 2006
In service: 26 June 2007 [1]
Status: in active service, as of 2020
General characteristics
Class and type: Lewis and Clark-class cargo ship
Displacement: 23,852 tons light,
40,298 tons full,
16,446 tons dead
Length: 210 m (689 ft) overall,
199.3 m (654 ft) waterline
Beam: 32.3 m (106 ft) extreme,
32.3 m (106 ft) waterline
Draft: 9.1 m (30 ft) maximum,
9.4 m (31 ft) limit
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
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
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

USNS Alan Shepard (T-AKE-3) is a Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo ship in the United States Navy. She is named for astronaut Rear Admiral Alan Shepard.

The contract to build her was awarded to National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO) of San Diego, California, on 16 July 2002. Construction began on 13 September 2005. She was launched 6 December 2006, sponsored by Laura Churchley, daughter of RAdm. Shepard.[2] She is scheduled to be part of the Pacific Fleet.


This article includes information collected from the Naval Vessel Register, which, as a U.S. government publication, is in the public domain.

  1. "USNS Alan Shepard (T-AKE 3)". Naval Vessel Register. United States Navy. 2007-06-29. Retrieved 2008-05-13. 
  2. "Navy to Christen USNS Alan Shepard". Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs), U.S. Dept. of Defense. 06 December 2006. Retrieved 2008-05-13. 

External links

File:USNS Alan Shepard launching.jpg
Alan Shepard launching, San Diego, December 6, 2006