USNS Washington Chambers (T-AKE-11)
USNS Washington Chambers (T-AKE-11) in October 2014
|Awarded:||12 December 2008|
|Builder:||National Steel and Shipbuilding|
|Laid down:||25 August 2009|
|Launched:||11 September 2010|
|Sponsored by:||Loretta Penn|
|Christened:||11 September 2010|
|In service:||23 February 2011|
|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:||2 × helicopters, either Sikorsky MH-60S Knighthawk or Aerospatiale Super Puma|
USNS Washington Chambers (T-AKE-11) is a Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo ship of the United States Navy, named in honor of Captain Washington Chambers (1856–1934), a pioneer in US naval aviation. The contract to build Washington Chambers was awarded to National Steel and Shipbuilding Company on 12 December 2008. Her keel was laid down on 25 August 2009.
Washington Chambers was launched and christened on 11 September 2010 sponsored by Loretta Penn, wife of former Acting Secretary of the Navy, B.J. Penn. The ship will deliver ammunition, provisions, spare parts, potable water and petroleum products to US Navy and other navy ships at sea, allowing them to remain underway and combat ready for extended periods of time.
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- Burford, Sarah (24 February 2011). "T-AKE USNS Washington Chambers Accepted into Military Sealift Command's Fleet". Navy News Service. Military Sealift Command Public Affairs. NNS110224-02.
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