USNS Alan Shepard (T-AKE-3)

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USNS Alan Shepard (T-AKE-3) sails out of San Diego harbor.
Career (US)
Name: USNS Alan Shepard
Namesake: Alan Shepard
Awarded: 16 July 2002
Builder: National Steel and Shipbuilding
Laid down: 14 February 2006
Launched: 6 December 2006
In service: 26 June 2007[1]
Status: in active service, as of 2015
General characteristics
Class and type: Lewis and Clark-class 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 nautical miles at 20 kt
(26,000 km at 37 km/h)
Capacity: • Max dry cargo weight:
  5,910 long tons (6,005 t)
• Max dry cargo volume:
  783,000 cubic feet (22,000 m³)
• Max cargo fuel weight:
  2,350 long tons (2,390 t)
• Cargo fuel volume:
  18,000 barrels (2,900 m³)
  (DFM: 10,500) (JP5:7,500)
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 Puma

USNS Alan Shepard (T-AKE-3) is a Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo ship in the United States Navy. It is named for astronaut Rear Admiral Alan Shepard (1923 - 1998).

The contract to build it was awarded to National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO) of San Diego, on 16 July 2002. Construction began on 13 September 2005. It was launched 6 December 2006, sponsored by Laura Churchley, daughter of RAdm. Shepard.[2] It is scheduled to be part of the Pacific Fleet.


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

  1. ^ "USNS Alan Shepard (T-AKE 3)". Naval Vessel Register. United States Navy. 29 June 2007. Retrieved 2008-05-13. 
  2. ^ "Navy to Christen USNS Alan Shepard". Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs), U.S. Dept. of Defense. 6 December 2006. Retrieved 2008-05-13. [dead link]

External links[edit]

Alan Shepard launching, San Diego, 6 December 2006