USNS John Lewis (T-AO-205)

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United States
Name: John Lewis
Namesake: John Lewis
Awarded: 30 June 2016
Builder: National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, San Diego, California
Cost: $640,206,756
Laid down: 2018 est.
General characteristics
Type: oiler

USNS John Lewis (T-AO-205) is a United States Navy replenishment oiler and the lead ship of her class. She is part of the Military Sealift Command fleet of support ships.

Design and construction[edit]

Secretary of the Navy Raymond E. Mabus, Jr. announced the assignment of the name John Lewis to T-AO-205 on 6 January 2016.[1] According to the Naval Vessel Register, construction was authorised for the first six ships in the class on 30 June 2016.[2] Construction is tentatively scheduled to begin in 2018. It is named for United States Representative and civil rights leader John Lewis.[3][4] The contract price for John Lewis is $640,206,756.[5] The John Lewis class will be equipped with a basic self-defense capability, including crew served weapons, degaussing, and Nixie Torpedo decoys, and has space, weight, and power reservations for Close In Weapon Systems such as SeaRAMs, and an Anti-Torpedo Torpedo Defense System.[6]

Other ships in class[edit]

In July 2016, US Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus advised Congress that he intended to name the Military Sealift Command's John Lewis-class oilers after prominent civil rights activists and leaders:

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