USNS Cesar Chavez (T-AKE-14)

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USNS Cesar Chavez (T-AKE-14)
USNS Cesar Chavez (T-AKE-14) underway in December 2014.JPG
Namesake: César Chávez
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
Badge: USNS Cesar Chaves T-AKE-14 Crest.png
General characteristics
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)
  • Max dry cargo weight:
  •  5,910 LT (6,000 t)
  • Max dry cargo volume:
  •  783,000 cu ft (22,200 m3)
  • Max cargo fuel weight:
  •  2,350 LT (2,390 t)
  • Cargo fuel volume:
  •  18,000 bbl (2,900 m3)
  •  (DFM: 10,500) (JP5:7,500)[clarification needed]
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.[1] Chávez joined the Navy at the age of seventeen in 1944 during World War II, and served for two years.[2]

Cesar Chavez's keel was laid down on 9 May 2011 by the National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO) in San Diego.[3] The ship was launched on 5 May 2012.[4]


  1. ^ "Navy Names Ship for Civil Rights Activist Cesar Chavez". Navy News Service. 18 May 2011. NNS110518-24. Retrieved 29 September 2011.
  2. ^ Tejada-Flores, Rick. "The Fight in the Fields – Cesar Chávez and the Farmworkers Struggle". Public Broadcasting Service. Retrieved 7 December 2010.
  3. ^ "Cesar Chavez (AKE 14)". Naval Vessel Register. 13 September 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
  4. ^ 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.

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