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USNS Sgt. William R. Button (T-AK-3012)
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MV Sgt. William R. Button (AK-3012)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Whiskey - Romeo - Bravo
NWRB
AMSEA Class Maritime Prepositioning Ship:
  • Built by General Dynamics Quincy Shipbuilding Division, Quincy, MA.
  • Acquired by the Navy under a long-term charter, 22 May 1986
  • Placed in service under the direction of the Military Sealift Command (MSC) as MV Sgt. William R. Button (AK-3012) to be operated by American Overseas Marine Corporation
  • MV Sgt. William R. Button (AK-3012) is one of the Military Sealift Command's seventeen Container & Roll-on/Roll-off Ships and is part of the 36 ships in the Prepositioning Program
  • MV Sgt. William R. Button (AK-3012) is assigned to Maritime Prepositioning Program Squadron Two under the operational control of MSC Far East and operates out of Diego Garcia.
  • Acquired by the US Navy's Military Sealift Command, date unknown, placed in service as USNS Sgt. William R. Button (T-AK-3012)
    Specifications:
    Displacement 19,588 t.(lt), 40.846 t.(fl)
    Length 673'
    Beam 105'
    Draft 34' 6" (max)
    Speed 17.7 kts.
    Cargo Capacity
    162,500 sq. ft. vehicle
    1,605,000 gallons petroleum
    81,700 gallons water
    522 TEU
    Container Capacity 578 (41 Refer)
    JP-5 Capacity 1.43 Million Gals/34,101 BBLS
    MOGAS 8,800 Gals
    Potable Water (storage capacity) 98,994 Gals/2,357 BBLS
    Crane Lifting Capacity
    one single FWD 39 Tons
    one twin center 39 Tons, each
    one twin aft 39 tons each
    Stern Ramp 60/39 Tons P/S
    Lighterage
    two LCM-8
    one SLWT
    four CSP
    four CSNP
    Fuel Hose Reels 2
    Water Hose Reel 1
    Bunker Capacity 23,206 BBLS
    RO/RO Capacity 152,185 SQFT
    Water Production (Daily) 25,000 Gals
    Armament none
    Aircraft helicopter platform only
    Complement
    Civilian Mariners, 7 officers, 30 crew
    Civilian Maintenance 25
    Endurance 11,107 NM
    Propulsion
    two Stork Werkspoor medium-speed Diesel propulsion engines, 26,400 bhp
    single shaft
    bow thruster 1,000 hp

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    MV Sgt. William R,. Button (AK-3012) - MSC Charter
    Sgt. William R. Button 74k MV Sgt. William R. Button (AK-3012) at anchor, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    MSC web site
    Sgt. William R. Button 75k MV Sgt. William R. Button (AK-3012) at anchor, date and location unknown.
    AMSEA photo.
    Global Security
    Sgt. William R. Button 107k MV Sgt. William R. Button (AK-3012) at anchor, date and location unknown.
    AMSEA photo.
    Global Security
    Sgt. William R. Button 55k MV Sgt. William R. Button (AK-3012) moored to a buoy, date and location unknown. Military Sealift Command
    Sgt. William R. Button 63k MV Sgt. William R. Button (AK-3012) getting underway, date and location unknown. MSC web site
    Sgt. William R. Button 270k MV Sgt. William R. Button (AK-3012) anchored off Singapore in September 1999. Photo by Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    USNS Sgt. William R. Button (T-AK-3012)
    Sgt. William R. Button 334k USNS Sgt. William R. Button (T-AK-3012) anchored off Camp Pendleton, CA., 3 March 2011, during Exercise Pacific Horizon 2011.
    US Navy photo # 110303-N-I786N-006.
    Robert Hurst
    Sgt. William R. Button 151k USNS Sgt. William R. Button (T-AK-3012) moored at the NATO carrier pier at Naval Air Base Rota, Spain, to offload equipment capable of enabling crisis response to support Exercise Trident Juncture 15, the largest NATO exercise since 2002, Oct. 21. Prepositioning ships like the USNS Button provide quick and efficient movement of military equipment to operating areas anywhere in the world.
    US Marine Corps photo # 151019-M-PK171-532 ROTS, Spain )Oct. 19, 2015) by MSgt. Chad McMeen.
    Lee Wahler

    USNS Sgt. William R. Button (T-AK-3012)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Sargent William R. Button United States Marine Corps Medal of Honor Citation
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Defense Video Imagery Distribution System - USNS Sgt. William R. Button (T-AK-3012)
    US Navy Fact File - Maritime Prepositioning Ships - T-AK
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