USNS Supply (T-AOE-6)
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|Ordered:||22 January 1987|
|Builder:||National Steel and Shipbuilding|
|Laid down:||24 February 1989|
|Launched:||6 October 1990|
|Commissioned:||26 February 1994|
|Decommissioned:||13 July 2001|
|In service:||13 July 2001|
|Status:||in active service|
|Displacement:||Approx. 48,800 tons (49,600 t)|
|Length:||754.6 ft (230.0 m)|
|Beam:||107 ft (33 m)|
|Height:||39 ft (12 m)|
|Installed power:||105,000 hp (78 MW)|
|Propulsion:||4 × General Electric LM 2500 gas turbine engines|
|Speed:||26 knots (48 km/h; 30 mph)|
|Complement:||176 civilians, 59 military|
|Aircraft carried:||A combination of two MH-60S helicopters|
Supply was laid down on 24 February 1989 and was launched on 6 October 1990. She was commissioned in the United States Navy as USS Supply (AOE-6) on 26 February 1994 at Naval Air Station, North Island in San Diego, California. After her initial outfitting in San Diego, she sailed to Norfolk, Virginia via the Panama Canal and Caribbean Sea, arriving on 7 August 1994.
Military Sealift Command service
After service in the U.S. Navy from 1994 through 2001 as USS Supply (AOE-6), her weapons systems were removed and she was transferred on 13 July 2001 to the Military Sealift Command, which designated her USNS Supply (T-AOE-6). Like other fast combat support ships, she is part of MSC's Naval Fleet Auxiliary Force.
Al Qaeda target
USNS Supply was allegedly the target of Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) in 2014. AQIS claimed through Twitter and other social media forums that the AQIS attack on Pakistan Navy frigate PNS Zulfiqar was intended to attack USS Supply (sic). AQIS report contradicts the official Pakistan Navy account of the attack which states that the frigate was attacked by AQIS at the Naval Dockyard in Karachi. AQIS claims that PNS Zulfiqar crew were involved in the attempt to take over the ship at sea for attacking USS Supply and its unnamed naval escort.
- Thomas Joscelyn (Sep 29, 2014). "Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent claims attacks on Pakistani ships were more audacious than reported". The Long War Journal.