USNS Supply (T-AOE-6)

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US Navy 020919-N-3653A-001 MSC USNS Supply steams in the Med.jpg
United States
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
General characteristics
Class and type: Supply class
Displacement: 48,800 long 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: four General Electric LM 2500 gas turbine engines, Two Propellers
Speed: 26 knots (48 km/h; 30 mph)
Complement: 176 civilians, 59 military
Aircraft carried: Two CH-46E Sea Knight or MH-60S Seahawk helicopters

USNS Supply (T-AOE-6), ex-USS Supply (AOE-6), is the lead ship of the Supply-class fast combat support ships.[1] She was commissioned in 1994 and decommissioned in 2001, after which she was transferred for service with the U.S. Military Sealift Command.

Operational history[edit]

U.S. Navy service[edit]

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[edit]

After service in the U.S. Navy from 1994 through 2001 as USS Supply (AOE-6), she was decommissioned and her weapons systems were removed, then 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.

In 2014, Supply put into BAE Systems Southeast Shipyards in Mobile, Alabama for repairs.

In 2017, Supply put into Northeast Ship Repair in Boston, Massachusetts for repairs.

Al Qaeda target[edit]

USNS Supply was allegedly the target of Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) in 2014.[2] 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.


  1. ^ USNS Supply-class Factsheet
  2. ^ 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.

This article includes information collected from the Naval Vessel Register, which, as a U.S. government publication, is in the public domain.