MV A1C William H. Pitsenbarger (T-AK-4638)

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MV A1C William H Pitsenbarger (T-AK 4638)
Name: MV A1C William H. Pitsenbarger
Namesake: William H. Pitsenbarger
Builder: St. Nazaire, France
Launched: 1983
Nickname: Pits
Status: in active service, as of 2024
General characteristics
Type: Container ship
Displacement: 31,986 long tons (32,499 t)
Length: 621 ft 3 in (189.36 m)
Beam: 105 ft 8 in (32.21 m)
Draft: 37 ft 6 in (11.43 m)
Propulsion: Slow Speed Sulzer diesel engines
Speed: 17.5 knots (32.4 km/h; 20.1 mph)
Complement: 23

MV A1C William H. Pitsenbarger (T-AK-4638) is one of Military Sealift Command's seven container ships and is part of the thirty-six ships in the Prepositioning Program. The vessel, operated by Red River Shipping Company of Rockville, Maryland, is under a five-year time charter to MSC.

The ship is named for U.S. Air Force pararescueman William H. Pitsenbarger, who was posthumously awarded the Air Force Cross and later the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Vietnam War.


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