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USNS Pililaau (T-AKR-304)

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Bob Hope Class Vehicle Cargo Ship- (LMSR) Medium-speed Roll-on/Roll-off ship:
  • Laid down, 29 June 1998, at Northrop Grumman Ship Systems' Avondale Operations, New Orleans, LA.
  • Launched, 29 January 2000
  • Delivered to the US Navy, 24 July 2001
  • Assigned to the Navy's Military Sealift Command (MSC) and placed in service as USNS Pililaau (T-AKR-304)
  • USNS Pililaau (T-AKR-304) is one of the Navy's 11 Surge LMSRs operated by a private company under contract to MSC
  • USNS Pililaau 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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    Pililaau 34k USNS Pililaau (T-AKR-304) prior to launching, 29 January 2000, at Northrop Grumman Ship Systems' Avondale Operations, New Orleans, LA.
    US Navy photo
    MSC Web Site
    Pililaau 226k USNS Pililaau (T-AKR-304) christening and launching, 29 January 2000, at Northrop Grumman Ship Systems' Avondale Operations, New Orleans, LA.
    US Navy MSC photo
    Bill Gonyo
    Pililaau 816k A U.S. Army CH-47 Chinook helicopter is offloaded from USNS Pililaau (T-AKR-304),13 February 2006. The helicopter will be loaded onto a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III aircraft at Naval Station Rota, Spain, for transportation.
    US Air Force photo # 060213-F-9105A-077 Rota, Spain (Feb. 13, 2006) by Senior Airman Nichole Adamowicz.
    Tony Cowart
    Pililaau 714k A U.S. Army CH-47 Chinook helicopter is unloaded from USNS Pililaau (T-AKR-304),13 February 2006. The helicopter will be loaded onto a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III aircraft at Naval Station Rota, Spain, for transportation.
    US Air Force photo # 060213-F-9105A-147 Rota, Spain (Feb. 13, 2006) by Senior Airman Nichole Adamowicz.
    Tony Cowart
    Pililaau 674k US Army High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWV) from the 82nd Airborne Division, Ft. Bragg, N.C., are loaded onto USNS Pililaau (T-AKR-304) docked in New Orleans, 28 September 2005. The Navy and Army’s involvement in hurricane humanitarian assistance operations are led by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in conjunction with the Department of Defense.
    US Air Force photo # 050928-F-1424R-025 New Orleans (Sept. 28, 2005) by TSGT Tech. Sgt. Denise A. Rayder.
    Tony Cowart
    Pililaau 3547k USNS Pililaau (T-AKR-304) passes Diamond Head Crater at Honolulu, Hawaii, 12 July 2008. Pililaau is transporting the U.S. Army 3rd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division and 45th Sustainment Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command equipment from Hawaii to Camp Pendelton, CA. To support Joint Logistics Over the Shore (JLOTS) 2008 exercise Pacific Strike, a joint exercise of the US military's ability to transfer war fighting and humanitarian equipment to shore from ships at sea.
    US Army photo # 080712-A-1211M-003 PACIFIC OCEAN (July 12, 2008) by Sgt. Matthew C. Moeller.
    Robert M. Cieri and Tony Cowart
    Pililaau 2049k USNS Pililaau (T-AKR-304) anchored off the coast of Red Beach in Camp Pendelton, CA., 22 July 2008, with the roll-on/roll-off discharge facility attached as the improved Navy lighterage system makes it's approach during Joint Logistics Over-The-Shore (JLOTS) 2008. JLOTS 2008 is an engineering, logistical training exercise between Army and Navy units under a joint force commander as a means to load and unload ships without the benefit of deep draft-capable, fixed port facilities.
    US Navy photo # 080722-N-1424C-509 PACIFIC OCEAN (July 22, 2008) by MC2 Brian P. Caracci.
    Lee Wahler
    Pililaau 1521k USNS Pililaau (T-AKR-304) anchored off the coast of Red Beach in Camp Pendelton, CA., 22 July 2008, with the roll-on/roll-off discharge facility extending aft of the ship during Joint Logistics Over-The-Shore (JLOTS) 2008. JLOTS 2008 is an engineering, logistical training exercise between Army and Navy units under a joint force commander as a means to load and unload ships without the benefit of deep draft-capable, fixed port facilities.
    US Navy photo # 080722-N-1424C-501 PACIFIC OCEAN (July 22, 2008) by MC2 Brian P. Caracci.
    Bill Gonyo
    Pililaau 2018k USNS Pililaau (T-AKR-304) anchored off the coast of Red Beach in Camp Pendelton, CA., 24 July 2008, with the roll-on/roll-off discharge facility attached to the improved Navy lighterage system during Joint Logistics Over-The-Shore (JLOTS) 2008. JLOTS 2008 is an engineering, logistical training exercise between Army and Navy units under a joint force commander as a means to load and unload ships without the benefit of deep draft-capable, fixed port facilities.
    US Navy photo # 080724-N-1424C-197 PACIFIC OCEAN (July 24, 2008) by MC2 Brian P. Caracci.
    Lee Wahler
    Pililaau 1311k USNS Pililaau (T-AKR-304) sideport ramp opens onto a floating platform of Army barges two miles off the coast of Camp Pendelton, CA. as part of a joint-logistics-over-the-shore exercise.
    Photo by Laura Seal.
    Robert Hurst
    Pililaau 217k USNS Pililaau (T-AKR-304) moor pierside, date and location unknown. Robert Hurst

    USNS Pililaau (T-AKR-304)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Private First Class Herbert K. Pililaau United States Army Medal of Honor Citation
    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 Pililaau (T-AKR-304)
    Navy Fact File - Large, Medium-speed, roll-on/roll-off Ships - T-AKR
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