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USNS Mendonca (T-AKR-303)


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National Defense Service Medal


Bob Hope Class Vehicle Cargo Ship- (LMSR) Medium-speed Roll-on/Roll-off ship:
  • Laid down, 3 November 1997, at Northrop Grumman Ship Systems Avondale Operations, New Orleans, LA.
  • Launched, 25 May 1999
  • Delivered to the US Navy, 30 January 2001
  • Assigned to the Navy's Military Sealift Command (MSC) and placed in service as USNS Mendonca (T-AKR-303)
  • USNS Mendonca (T-AKR-303) is one of the Navy's 11 Surge LMSRs operated by a private company under contract to MSC
  • USNS Mendonca is assigned to the MSC Atlantic surge force and is maintained in Ready Operational Status 4 (ROS-4)
    Specifications:
    Displacement 35,500 t.(lt) 62,069 t.(fl)
    Length 951'
    Beam 106'
    Draft 34' (max)
    Speed 24 kts.
    Cargo Capacity 380,000 sq. ft. plus 49,991 sq. ft. deck cargo
    Complement
    Civilian Mariners 26 reduced / up to 45 full
    US Navy personnel 50
    Armament none
    Propulsion
    four Colt Pielstick 10 PC4.2 V Diesels, 65,160 hp(m) (47.89 MW)
    two shafts, cp props

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    Mendonca 88k USNS Mendonca (T-AKR-303) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    MSC Web Site
    Mendonca 80k USNS Mendonca (T-AKR-303) main deck, date and location unknown. Photo by Peter Westdijk, the Netherlands
    Mendonca 74k USNS Mendonca (T-AKR-303) bridge, date and location unknown. Photo by Peter Westdijk, the Netherlands
    Mendonca 87k USNS Mendonca (T-AKR-303) moored pierside, date and location unknown. Photo by Peter Westdijk, the Netherlands
    Mendonca 279k U.S. Army Strykers are off-loaded from USNS Mendonca (T-AKR-303) at Bremerhaven, Germany, 24 July 2006.
    US Navy (MSC) photo
    Robert Hurst
    Wright 853k From left to right USNS Mendonca (T-AKR-303), USNS Fisher (T-AKR-301), SS Wright (AVB-3) and the World War II Liberty ship SS John W. Brown moored at Pier 1, Baltimore, 2 June 2010. Photo by Ramon Jackson
    Mendonca 482k USNS Mendonca (T-AKR-303) and USNS Fisher (T-AKR-301) moored at Pier 1, Baltimore, 2 June 2010. Photo by Ramon Jackson
    Mendonca 95k USNS Mendonca (T-AKR-303) participating in a joint logistics over the shore exercise off Virginia Beach, VA., 16 to 20 June 2013.
    US Navy photo
    Lee Wahler
    Mendonca 236k Sailors assigned to Navy Cargo Handling Battalion One lift the US Army’s small tug Mulberry (ST-914) from USNS Mendonca (T-AKR-303) during Alaska Shield 2014 as part of Joint Logistics Over-The-Shore operations. Army tug Scholarie (ST-905) is at left.
    US Navy photo by SN Mumbali G. Ngwa.
    Robert Hurst
    Mendonca 264k USNS Mendonca (T-AKR-303) lowers the US Army tug Mulberry (ST-914) into the water during Alaska Shield 2014 as part of Joint Logistics Over-The-Shore operations. The tugs assisted the docking of larger watercraft, and transported personnel from Mendonca.
    US Navy photo by CAPT. Michael Wachter.
    Robert Hurst

    USNS Mendonca (T-AKR-303)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Sergeant Leroy A. Mendonca United States Army Medal of Honor Citation
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Defense Video Imagery Distribution System - USNS Mendonca (T-AKR-303)
    Navy Fact File - Large, Medium-speed, roll-on/roll-off Ships - T-AKR
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    Last Updated 17 February 2017