Supply-class fast combat support ship

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US Navy 060507-N-7748K-015 The Military Sealift Command (MSC) fast combat support ship USNS Supply (T-AOE 6) sails through the Atlantic Ocean in formation with the Enterprise Carrier Strike group (CSG).jpg
USNS Supply in 2006
Class overview
Builders: National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, San Diego, California
Operators:  United States Navy
Preceded by: Sacramento class
Succeeded by: N/A
Completed: 4
Active: 3
General characteristics
Type: Fast combat support ship
Displacement: 48,800 long tons (49,600 t)
Length: 754 ft (229.8 m) (overall)
Beam: 107 ft (32.6 m) (extreme beam)
Draft: 39 ft (11.9 m)
Propulsion: four General Electric LM2500 gas turbines; two shafts; 105,000 hp (78 MW)
Speed: 25 knots (46 km/h)
  • Multiple .50 Caliber machine guns
  • Small arms

The Supply-class fast combat support ships are a class of four United States Navy supply ships used to refuel, rearm, and restock ships in the United States Navy in both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

These are the only US Navy resupply ships able to keep up with the strike groups, but due to their cost to operate the Navy intends to retire them starting in 2014.[1] The Supply-class ships are built to military combatant standards and are shock hardened.[2]


Ship Hull
Builder Commissioning–
Supply T-AOE-6 National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, San Diego, CA 1994–2001 (Transferred to MSC) T-AOE-6 active
Rainier T-AOE-7 National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, San Diego, CA 1995–2003 (Transferred to MSC) T-AOE-7 reserve
Arctic T-AOE-8 National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, San Diego, CA 1995–2002 (Transferred to MSC) T-AOE-8 active
Bridge T-AOE-10 National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, San Diego, CA 1998–2004 (Transferred to MSC) T-AOE-10 reserve

General characteristics[edit]

  • Displacement: 19700 tons (empty), 49000 tons (full)
  • Length: 229.7 m
  • Beam: 32.6 m
  • Draft: 11.7 m
  • Export power: 78.33MW
  • Maximum speed: 25 knots
  • Range: 6000 nm
  • Complement: 40 officers + 667 enlisted
  • Propulsion: 4 x General Electric LM2500

Cargo Capacity

  • Diesel Fuel Marine (DFM): 1,965,600 US gallons (7,441,000 l)[3]
  • JP-5 fuel: 2,620,800 US gallons (9,921,000 l)[3]
  • Bottled gas: 800 bottles[3]
  • Ordnance stowage: 2,150 short tons (1,950 t)[3]
  • Chill and freeze stowage: 400 short tons (360 t)[3]
  • Water: 20,000 US gallons (76,000 l)[3]


  1. ^ CAVAS, CHRISTOPHER P. (12 July 2014). "Big Supply Ships May Get Reprieve - For Now". Gannett Government Media. Retrieved 20 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "AOE 6 Supply Fast Combat Support Ship". Retrieved 13 October 2017. The AOE 6 class ships, which are built to a MIL-SPEC combatant standards design, and have survivability features (i.e., shock, blast, etc.) equivalent to other ships in the CVBG, significantly extends the endurance of the CVBG for combat operations. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f USNS Supply-class Factsheet