USNS Red Cloud (T-AKR-313)
|Awarded:||1 January 1996|
|Builder:||National Steel and Shipbuilding Company|
|Laid down:||29 June 1998|
|Launched:||7 August 1999|
|In service:||18 January 2000|
|Class and type:||Watson-class vehicle cargo ship|
|Displacement:||62,644 Long Tons|
|Propulsion:||2 Gas Turbines|
|Range:||12,000 Nautical Miles|
USNS Red Cloud (T-AKR 313) is one of Military Sealift Command's nineteen Large, Medium-Speed Roll-on/Roll-off (LMSR) Ships and is one of the 49 ships in the prepositioning program. She is a Watson-class vehicle cargo ship named for Corporal Mitchell Red Cloud, Jr., a Medal of Honor recipient, after whom Camp Red Cloud in Korea is also named.
Laid down on 29 June 1998 and launched on 7 August 1999, Red Cloud was put into service on 18 January 2000.
On 12 August 2015, an Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed on the deck of the Red Cloud when demonstrating capabilities to the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force. The Red Cloud was operating approximately eight miles east of Ukibaru Island. Of the seventeen service members on board the helicopter, only seven suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
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- This article includes information collected from the Naval Vessel Register, which, as a U.S. government publication, is in the public domain. The entry can be found here.
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