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USNS LCPL Roy M. Wheat (T-AK-3016)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Romeo - Oscar - Yankee
NROY
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

National Defense Service Medal

1ST LT. Harry L. Martin Class Maritime Con/RO Prepositioning Ship:
  • Laid down in 1987 as GTS Vladimir Vaslyayev by Chernomorskiy, Nikolaiev South, Russia, delivered for commercial service circa 1970
  • Renamed GTS Bazaliya in 1996
  • Acquired by the US Navy in 1997
  • Converted for MSC service at Bender Shipbuilding & Repair Co., Mobile, AL.
  • Placed in service, 7 October 2003, under the direction of the Military Sealift Command (MSC) as USNS LCPL Roy M. Wheat (T-AK-3016), operated by Keystone Shipping Co.
  • USNS LCPL Roy M. Wheat (T-AK-3016) 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
  • USNS LCPL Roy M. Wheat (T-AK-3016) is assigned to the European area, Maritime Prepositioning Program Squadron One
    Specifications:
    Displacement 19,588 t.(lt), 39,450 t.(fl)
    Length 754'
    Beam 105' 10"
    Draft 35' 11" (max)
    Speed 17 kts.
    Container Capacity 751
    MOGAS 13,200 Gals
    RO/RO Capacity 126,841 SQFT
    Water Production (Daily) 25,000 Gals
    Armament none
    Aircraft helicopter platform only
    Lighterage
    one SLWT
    six CSNP (RRDF)
    Complement
    27 Civilian Mariners 27
    Military Technicians 12
    Endurance 16,000 NM
    Propulsion
    one two-stroke Burmeister & Wain type K7SZ90/160 BL Diesel engine, Max 21,000 hp
    one shaft
    bow and stern thrusters

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    LCPL Roy M. Wheat 92k LCPL Roy M. Wheat, USMC.
    US Navy photo.
    MSC web site
    LCPL Roy M. Wheat 69k USNS LCPL Roy M. Wheat (T-AK-3016) pierside at Bender Shipbuilding & Repair Co., Mobile, AL. while undergoing conversion for MSC service.
    US Navy photo.
    Global Security
    LCPL Roy M. Wheat 50k USNS LCPL Roy M. Wheat (T-AK-3016) underway, date and place unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    MSC web site
    LCPL Roy M. Wheat 435k Aerial view of USNS LCPL Roy M. Wheat (T-AK-3016) underway in the Gulf of Mexico during her sea trials in 2003.
    US Navy photo.
    MSC web site
    LCPL Roy M. Wheat 614k USNS LCPL Roy M. Wheat (T-AK-3016) arriving in the harbor at Augusta, Italy, 14 September 2007. Photo by Primo Acireale
    LCPL Roy M. Wheat 626k USNS LCPL Roy M. Wheat (T-AK-3016) tying up at the NATO pier at Augusta, Italy, 14 September 2007. Photo by Primo Acireale
    LCPL Roy M. Wheat 1488k USNS LCPL Roy M. Wheat (T-AK-3016) at anchor off Palma de Mallorca, Spain, 6 January 2011. Note the Palma de Mallorca Cathedral in the background. Jose Antonio Rodriguez Carreņo
    LCPL Roy M. Wheat 30k USNS LCPL Roy M. Wheat (T-AK-3016) under way, 27 September 2012, location unknown.
    US Navy (MSC) photo
    Robert Hurst

    USNS LCPL Roy M. Wheat (T-AK-3016)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Medal of Honor Citation for LCPL Roy M. Wheat USMC
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Defense Video Imagery Distribution System - USNS LCPL Roy M. Wheat (T-AK-3016)
    US Navy Fact File - Maritime Prepositioning Ships - T-AK
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