USNS Shughart (T-AKR-295)
The USNS Shughart
|Acquired:||May 7, 1996|
|Commissioned:||8 February 1997|
|Displacement:||54,450 tons full load|
|Length:||908.8 feet (277 m)|
|Beam:||105.6 feet (32.2 m)|
|Draught:||34.8 feet (10.6 m)|
|Propulsion:||1 Burmeister & Wain 12L90 GFCA diesel; 1 shaft; bow and stern thrusters|
|Speed:||24 knots (44 km/h)|
|Range:||12,200 nautical miles (22,590 km) at 24 knots (44 km/h)|
|Capacity:||312,461 sq ft (29,029 m2).|
|Complement:||26 civilian crew|
|Aircraft carried:||One helicopter landing pad|
USNS Shughart (T-AKR-295) is the lead ship of her class of cargo ships. A 'roll-on roll-off' non-combat United States Naval LSMR, she holds the designation of a Large, Medium-speed, roll-on/roll-off ship.
Shughart was originally owned by a commercial shipping company before purchase by the U.S. Navy. Previously named Laura Maersk, she was rechristened in honor of Medal of Honor recipient US Army Sergeant First Class Randall D. Shughart.
Shughart, along with others in her class, is capable of carrying 58 tanks, 48 other track vehicles, plus more than 900 trucks and other wheeled vehicles. To manipulate the immense cargo capacity, Shughart utilises two 110-ton cranes, a starboard ramp, and a stern ramp.
On May 7, 1996 Laura Maersk was delivered to Military Sealift Command and was outfitted at the National Steel and Shipbuilding Company's docks in San Diego, California. Operated by Bay Ship Management, the newly renovated ship was christened the USNS Shughart during a special ceremony honoring of the Medal of Honor recipient Randy Shughart. Senator Bob Kerrey of Nebraska was the ceremony's principal speaker and serving as the ship's sponsor was Mrs. Stephanie Shughart, Sergeant Shughart's widow. The Shughart remains under the charter of the US Navy Military Sealift Command and is operated by US Merchant Marines.