USNS Dahl (T-AKR-312)

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USNS Dahl in 2008
United States
Awarded: 20 October 1994
Builder: National Steel and Shipbuilding Company
Laid down: 12 November 1997
Launched: 2 October 1998
In service: 13 July 1999
Status: in active service
General characteristics
Class and type: Watson-class vehicle cargo ship
Displacement: 29,000 tons
Length: 950 ft
Beam: 106 ft
Draft: 34 ft
Propulsion: Gas turbine

USNS Dahl (T-AKR-312) 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 a Watson-class vehicle cargo ship named for Specialist Larry G. Dahl, a Medal of Honor recipient.

Laid down on 12 November 1997 and launched on 2 October 1998, Dahl was put into service in the Pacific Ocean on 13 July 1999.

According to The Guardian the human rights group Reprieve identified the Dahl and sixteen other USN vessels as having held "ghost prisoners" in clandestine extrajudicial detention.[1]


  1. ^ Duncan Campbell, Richard Norton-Taylor (2 June 2008). "Prison ships, torture claims, and missing detainees". The Guardian. Retrieved 2008-06-01.  mirror