USNS Soderman (T-AKR-317)

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Career (US)
Ordered: 25 February 2000
Builder: National Steel and Shipbuilding Company
Laid down: 31 October 2000
Launched: 26 April 2002
In service: 24 September 2002
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 Soderman (T-AKR-317) 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 Private First Class William A. Soderman, a Medal of Honor Receipient.

Laid down on 31 October 2000 and launched on 26 April 2002, Soderman was put into service in the Pacific Ocean on 24 September 2002.

According to The Guardian the human rights group Reprieve identified the Soderman 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.