USNS Matthew Perry (T-AKE-9)

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For other ships named after Commodore Perry, see USS Perry.
USNS Matthew Perry (T-AKE-9)
USNS Matthew Perry
Awarded: 30 January 2006
Builder: National Steel and Shipbuilding
Laid down: 3 October 2008
Launched: 16 August 2009
Sponsored by: Hester G. Evans
Christened: 16 August 2009
Acquired: 24 February 2010[1]
Status: in active service, as of 2015
General characteristics
Class and type: Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo ship
Displacement: 23,852 tons light,
40,298 tons full,
16,446 tons dead
Length: 210 m (689 ft) overall,
199.3 m (654 ft) waterline
Beam: 32.3 m (106 ft) extreme,
32.3 m (106 ft) waterline
Draft: 9.1 m (30 ft) maximum,
9.4 m (31 ft) limit
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
Electronic warfare
and decoys:
Nulka decoy launchers
Armament: 2–6 × 12.7 mm machine guns
or 7.62 mm medium machine guns
Aircraft carried: two helicopters, either Sikorsky MH-60S Knighthawk or Aerospatiale Super Puma

USNS Matthew Perry (T-AKE-9) is a Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo ship of the United States Navy, named in honor of Commodore Matthew C. Perry (1794–1858), who led the effort to open Japan to trade with the West.[2]

The contract to build Matthew Perry was awarded to National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO) of San Diego, California, on 30 January 2006. Her keel was laid down on 3 October 2008. She was launched and christened on 16 August 2009, sponsored by Hester Evans, a great-great-great granddaughter of Commodore Perry.


Matthew Perry was one of several participating in disaster relief after the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.[3] During the 21 days of operations, Matthew Perry completed 17 separate replenishment events, delivering more than 1.5 million US gallons (5,700 m3) of fuel and transporting relief supplies.[4]


  1. ^ "General Dynamics NASSCO Delivers USNS Matthew Perry". General Dynamics NASSCO. 24 February 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-25. 
  2. ^ "Navy Names Four Ships After American Pioneers". U.S. Department of Defense. 2 December 2008. Retrieved 2010-10-14. 
  3. ^ Seawaves,"Warships Supporting Earthquake in Japan"
  4. ^ Baxter, Edward (May 2011). "Disaster! Operation Tomodachi". Military Sealift Command (MSC). Retrieved 8 October 2011. 


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

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