USNS Cesar Chavez (T-AKE-14)
|Awarded:||26 February 2010|
|Builder:||National Steel and Shipbuilding|
|Laid down:||9 May 2011|
|Launched:||5 May 2012|
|Sponsored by:||Helen Chavez|
|In service:||24 October 2012|
|Status:||In active service|
|Class & type:||Lewis and Clark-class cargo ship|
|Displacement:||41,000 tons (41,700 t)|
|Length:||689 ft (210 m)|
|Beam:||105.6 ft (32.2 m)|
|Draft:||29.9 ft (9.1 m)|
|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 nmi (26,000 km; 16,000 mi) at 20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph)|
|Capacity:||Max dry cargo weight:
5,910 LT (6,000 t)
Max dry cargo volume:
783,000 cu ft (22,200 m3)
Max cargo fuel weight:
2,350 LT (2,390 t)
Cargo fuel volume:
18,000 bbl (2,900 m3)
(DFM: 10,500) (JP5:7,500)[clarification needed]
|Complement:||49 military, 123 civilian|
|Aircraft carried:||two helicopters|
USNS Cesar Chavez (T-AKE-14), a Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo ship, is the first ship operated by the United States Navy to be named for Cesar Chavez (1927–93), labor leader and civil rights activist. Mr. Chávez joined the Navy at the age of seventeen in 1944 during World War II, and served for two years. Chávez had hoped that he would learn skills in the Navy that would help him later when he returned to civilian life, however he soon discovered that at the time Mexican-Americans in the Navy could only work as deckhands or painters.
- "Navy Names Ship for Civil Rights Activist Cesar Chavez". Navy News Service. 18 May 2011. NNS110518-24. Retrieved 29 September 2011.
- Haugen, Brenda. Cesar Chavez: Crusader for Social Change. Compass Point Books. p. 30. Retrieved 18 May 2011.
- Tejada-Flores, Rick. "The Fight in the Fields – Cesar Chávez and the Farmworkers Struggle". Public Broadcasting Service. Retrieved 7 December 2010.
- "Cesar Chavez (AKE 14)". Naval Vessel Register. 13 September 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
- Mitchell, Jeff; Fellman, Sam (21 December 2011). "Naming Navy ship after Cesar Chavez makes waves". The Salinas Californian.
Media related to USNS Cesar Chavez (T-AKE-14) at Wikimedia Commons
- Photo gallery of USNS Cesar Chavez (T-AKE-14) at NavSource Naval History
- "T-AKE 14: USNS Cesar Chavez Photo Gallery". NASSCO/General Dynamics Corporation. Retrieved 2011-11-14.
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