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National Steel and Shipbuilding Company
In commission: 1998–
62,970 tons full
951.4 ft (290.0 m)
106 ft (32 m)
34.1 ft (10.4 m) maximum
393,000 sq ft
26 civilian crew (up to 45); up to 50 active duty
helicopter landing area
Watson class vehicle cargo ship is a class of vehicle cargo ships, used by the United States for prepositioning of ground vehicles. The class comprises eight of Military Sealift Command's nineteen Large, Medium-Speed Roll-on/Roll-off Ships and is one part of the 33 ships involved in the Prepositioning Program.
The lead ship of this class is
USNS . The class, as with the lead ship, was named for Private Watson (T-AKR-310) George Watson, a Medal of Honor Recipient.
The lead ship of the class was laid down on 23 May 1996, launched on 26 July 1997, and put into service in the
Pacific Ocean on 23 June 1998. The most recent ship of the class is the USNS , laid down on 31 October 2000, launched on 26 April 2002, and put into service in the Soderman (T-AKR-317) Pacific Ocean on 24 September 2002.
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