USNS Watson (T-AKR-310)

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Career (US)
Ordered: 15 September 1993
Builder: National Steel and Shipbuilding Company
Laid down: 23 May 1996
Launched: 26 July 1997
In service: 23 June 1998
Fate: in service
General characteristics
Class & type: Watson-class vehicle cargo ship
Displacement: 29,000 tons
Length: 950 ft
Beam: 106 ft
Draft: 34 ft
Propulsion: Gas turbine

USNS Watson (T-AKR-310) 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 the lead ship of her class of vehicle cargo ships.

She was named for Private George Watson, a Medal of Honor recipient.

Laid down on 23 May 1996 and launched on 26 July 1997, Watson was put into service in the Pacific Ocean on 23 June 1998.

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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.