USNS Medgar Evers (T-AKE-13)

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USNS Medgar Evers (T-AKE-13) in the Arabian Sea in 2013.jpg
Medgar Evers in the Arabian Sea, 2013
Namesake: Medgar Evers[1]
Builder: National Steel and Shipbuilding[2]
Laid down: 26 October 2010[3]
Launched: 29 October 2011[4]
Sponsored by: Myrlie Evers-Williams
Christened: 12 November 2011[5]
In service: 24 April 2012
Status: Active service
Badge: USNS Medgar Evers T-AKE-13 Crest.png
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[2][3]
Length: 210 m (689 ft) overall,
199.3 m (654 ft) waterline[2][3]
Beam: 32.3 m (106 ft) extreme,
32.3 m (106 ft) waterline[2][3]
Draft: 9.1 m (30 ft) maximum,
9.4 m (31 ft) limit[2][3]
Installed power: FM/MAN B&W diesel generators[2][3]
Propulsion: Integrated propulsion and 6.6 kV ship service electrical system
1 × fixed pitch propeller
1 × bow thruster[2][3]
Speed: 20 kn (37 km/h)
Range: 14,000 nmi (26,000 km) at 20 kn (37 km/h)[3]
Capacity: Max dry cargo weight: 5,910 long tons (6,000 t)
Max dry cargo volume: 783,000 cu ft (22,200 m3)
Max cargo fuel weight:2,350 long tons (2,390 t)
Cargo fuel volume: 18,000 imp bbl (2,900 m3)
(DFM: 10,500) (JP5:7,500)
Troops: 36 military, 13 for helicopter detachment[3]
Complement: 36 military, 123 civilian[2]
Crew: 126[3]
Electronic warfare
and decoys:
Nulka decoy launchers
Armament: 2–6 × 12.7 mm machine guns
or 7.62 mm medium machine guns
Aircraft carried: 2 × helicopters, either Sikorsky MH-60S Knighthawk or Aerospatiale Super Puma
Aviation facilities: 1 helipad

USNS Medgar Evers (T-AKE-13) is a Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo ship of the United States Navy, named in honor of World War II veteran[6][7] and civil rights activist Medgar Evers (1925–63). The Navy announced the naming on 9 October 2009.[1] National Steel and Shipbuilding Company started construction on 15 April 2010,[8] and laid her keel on 26 October 2010 in San Diego.[3][9] Gina Buzby, wife of Rear Admiral Mark Buzby, MSC commander, was the keel-laying ceremony honoree.[8]

Medgar Evers was launched on 29 October 2011, and christened on 12 November, sponsored by Evers' widow, Myrlie Evers-Williams.[4] Military Sealift Command accepted delivery of Medgar Evers on 24 April 2012.[10]


  1. ^ a b "Navy Names Ship After Civil Rights Activist Medgar Evers". Navy News Service. 9 October 2009. NNS091009-16. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Medgar Evers". Naval Vessel Register. Retrieved 2011-11-12. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Priolo, Gary P. (17 December 2010). "USNS Medgar Evers (T-AKE-13)". Service Ship Photo Archive. NavSource Naval History. Retrieved 2011-11-12. 
  4. ^ a b Robbins, Gary (12 November 2011). "Medgar Evers' widow christens Navy ship". The San Diego Union-Tribune. 
  5. ^ "Navy launching USNS Medgar Evers on Sat.". Hartford Business Journal (New England Business Media). 11 November 2011. 
  6. ^ "Medgar Evers". The University of Mississippi English Department. 2008. Retrieved 2011-11-12. 
  7. ^ Department of Defense Public Affairs. "New T-AKE named for Civil Rights activist". Military Sealift Command. Washington Navy Yard, DC. Retrieved 2011-11-12. 
  8. ^ a b "T-AKE 13: USNS Medgar Evers Photo Gallery". NASSCO/General Dynamics Corporation. Retrieved 2011-11-12. 
  9. ^ "General Dynamics NASSCO Lays Keel of Future USNS Medgar Evers (T-AKE 13)". PR Newswire (Press release). General Dynamics NASSCO. 26 October 2010. 
  10. ^ Mitchell, Jerry (12 November 2011). "Christening of Navy ship gives Evers' widow peace". The Clarion-Ledger. (subscription required (help)).