USNS Cesar Chavez (T-AKE-14)
|Awarded:||26 February 2010|
|Builder:||National Steel and Shipbuilding|
|Laid down:||9 May 2011|
|Launched:||5 May 2012|
|Sponsored by:||Helen Chavez|
|In service:||24 October 2012|
|Status:||in active service|
|Class and type:||Lewis and Clark-class cargo ship|
|Displacement:||41,000 tons (41,700 t)|
|Length:||689 ft (210 m)|
|Beam:||105.6 ft (32.2 m)|
|Draft:||29.9 ft (9.1 m)|
|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)|
|Complement:||49 military, 123 civilian|
|Aircraft carried:||two helicopters|
USNS Cesar Chavez (T-AKE-14), a Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo ship, is the first ship operated by the United States Navy to be named for Cesar Chavez (1927–93), labor leader and civil rights activist. Chávez joined the Navy at the age of seventeen in 1944 during World War II, and served for two years.
- "Navy Names Ship for Civil Rights Activist Cesar Chavez". Navy News Service. 18 May 2011. NNS110518-24. Retrieved 29 September 2011.
- Tejada-Flores, Rick. "The Fight in the Fields – Cesar Chávez and the Farmworkers Struggle". Public Broadcasting Service. Retrieved 7 December 2010.
- "Cesar Chavez (AKE 14)". Naval Vessel Register. 13 September 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
- Mitchell, Jeff; Fellman, Sam (21 December 2011). "Naming Navy ship after Cesar Chavez makes waves". The Salinas Californian. Archived from the original on 1 March 2012.
Media related to USNS Cesar Chavez (T-AKE-14) at Wikimedia Commons
- Photo gallery of USNS Cesar Chavez (T-AKE-14) at NavSource Naval History
- "T-AKE 14: USNS Cesar Chavez Photo Gallery". NASSCO/General Dynamics Corporation. Retrieved 2011-11-14.
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