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: 13 May 2019[2]
General characteristics
Type: oiler
Displacement: 22,515 t (Light ship)
Length: 746 ft
Beam: 106 ft
Draft: 33.5 ft
Speed: 20 Knot
Complement: 99 civilian mariners (CIVMARS)

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.[3] According to the Naval Vessel Register, construction was authorised for the first six ships in the class on 30 June 2016.[4] She is named for United States Representative and civil rights leader John Lewis.[5][6] The contract price for John Lewis is $640,206,756.[7] 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.[8]

National Steel and Shipbuilding Company began construction of John Lewis on 20 September 2018, with completion scheduled for November 2020.[9]

Other ships in class[edit]

The Navy plans to purchase 20 of these ships, with six of them already ordered.[10] 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:

See also[edit]


  1. ^
  2. ^ "Future USNS John Lewis Keel Authenticated" (Press release). NAVSEA. 13 May 2019. Retrieved 13 May 2019.
  3. ^ DANFS 2016.
  4. ^ NAVSEA Shipbuilding Support Office (7 July 2016). "JOHN LEWIS (AO 205)". Naval Vessel Register. Retrieved 30 July 2016.
  5. ^ "SECNAV Mabus Names First T-AO(X) Next Generation Oiler After Rep. John Lewis" USNI News, January 6, 2016
  6. ^ "Secretary of the Navy Announces First Ship of Next Generation Fleet Replenishment Oilers, USNS John Lewis" United States Department of Defense Press Release, January 6, 2016
  7. ^ GlobalSecurity 2016.
  8. ^ "Navy John Lewis (TAO-205) Class Oiler Shipbuilding Program: Background and Issues for Congress" (PDF). Retrieved 16 October 2017.
  9. ^ "NASSCO starts construction of first John Lewis class oiler". Marine Log. 21 September 2018. Retrieved 21 September 2018.
  10. ^ Ronald O'Rourke. "Navy John Lewis (TAO-205) Class Oiler Shipbuilding Program: Background and Issues for Congress" (PDF). Retrieved 19 October 2017.
  11. ^ a b Sam LaGrone (28 July 2016). "Navy to Name Ship After Gay Rights Activist Harvey Milk". US Naval Institute. Retrieved 30 July 2016.


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