USNS Red Cloud (T-AKR-313)

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Career (US)
Ordered: 1 January 1996
Builder: National Steel and Shipbuilding Company
Laid down: 29 June 1998
Launched: 7 August 1999
In service: 18 January 2000
Fate: in service
General characteristics
Class and type: Watson-class vehicle cargo ship
Displacement: 29,000 tons
Length: 950 ft
Beam: 106 ft
Draft: 34 ft
Propulsion: Gas turbine

USNS Red Cloud (T-AKR-313) is one of Military Sealift Command's nineteen Large, Medium-Speed Roll-on/Roll-off Ships and is part of the 33 ships in the Prepositioning Program. She is a Watson-class vehicle cargo ship.

She was named for Corporal Mitchell Red Cloud, Jr., a Medal of Honor Receipient.

Laid down on 29 June 1998 and launched on 7 August 1999, Red Cloud was put into service in the Pacific Ocean on 18 January 2000.

According to The Guardian the human rights group Reprieve identified the Red Cloud and sixteen other USN vessels as having held "ghost prisoners" in clandestine extrajudicial detention.[1]


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