USNS Matthew Perry (T-AKE-9)
- For other ships named after Commodore Perry, see USS Perry.
|Awarded:||30 January 2006|
|Builder:||National Steel and Shipbuilding|
|Laid down:||3 October 2008|
|Launched:||16 August 2009|
|Sponsored by:||Hester G. Evans|
|Christened:||16 August 2009|
|Acquired:||24 February 2010|
|Status:||in active service|
|Class and type:||Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo ship|
|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|
|Nulka decoy launchers|
|Aircraft carried:||two helicopters, either Sikorsky MH-60S Knighthawk or Aerospatiale Super Puma|
USNS Matthew Perry (T-AKE-9) is a Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo ship of the United States Navy, named in honor of Commodore Matthew C. Perry (1794–1858), who led the effort to open Japan to trade with the West.
The contract to build Matthew Perry was awarded to National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO) of San Diego, California, on 30 January 2006. Her keel was laid down on 3 October 2008. She was launched and christened on 16 August 2009, sponsored by Hester Evans, a great-great-great granddaughter of Commodore Perry.
Matthew Perry was one of several participating in disaster relief after the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. During the 21 days of operations, Matthew Perry completed 17 separate replenishment events, delivering more than 1.5 million US gallons (5,700 m3) of fuel and transporting relief supplies.
- "General Dynamics NASSCO Delivers USNS Matthew Perry". General Dynamics NASSCO. 24 February 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-25.
- "Navy Names Four Ships After American Pioneers". U.S. Department of Defense. 2 December 2008. Retrieved 2010-10-14.
- Seawaves,"Warships Supporting Earthquake in Japan"
- Baxter, Edward (May 2011). "Disaster! Operation Tomodachi". Military Sealift Command (MSC). Retrieved 8 October 2011.
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- Priolo, Gary P. (16 January 2009). "USNS Matthew Perry (T-AKE-9)". Service Ship Photo Archive. NavSource Online. Retrieved 2009-01-24.
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