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USNS Benavidez (T-AKR-306)


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Bob Hope Class Vehicle Cargo Ship- (LMSR) Medium-speed Roll-on/Roll-off ship:
  • Laid down, 15 December 1999, at Northrop Grumman Ship Systems' Avondale Operations, New Orleans, LA.
  • Launched, 11 August 2001
  • Delivered to the US Navy, 10 September 2003
  • Assigned to the Navy's Military Sealift Command (MSC) and placed in service as USNS Benavidez (T-AKR-306)
  • USNS Benavidez (T-AKR-306) is one of the Navy's 11 Surge LMSRs operated by a private company under contract to MSC
  • USNS Benavidez 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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    Benavidez
    030530-N-0000X-002,
    Gulf of Mexico (May 30, 2003)
    340k USNS Benavidez (T-AKR-306) under way in the Gulf of Mexico during sea trials being conducted by Northrop Grumman Ship System Avondale Operations, 30 May 2003.
    US Navy photo #'s 030530-N-0000X-002, 030530-N-0000X-003, and 030530-N-0000X-004, Gulf of Mexico (May 30, 2003) by Ron Elias.
    Robert Hurst
    Benavidez
    030530-N-0000X-003,
    Gulf of Mexico (May 30, 2003)
    296k
    Benavidez
    030530-N-0000X-004,
    Gulf of Mexico (May 30, 2003)
    301k
    Benavidez 242k USNS Benavidez (T-AKR-306) under way, 2 October 2003, location unknown.
    United States Navy photo # 030530-N-0000X-005
    Robert Hurst
    Benavidez 336k USNS Benavidez (T-AKR-306) sits pierside in Souda harbor, Crete, 6 January 2004, during a brief port visit. Benavidez is carrying more than 230,000 square feet of U.S. Army combat equipment and supplies, belonging to the Ft. Hood, Texas based 1st Cavalry Division currently deploying for service in Iraq. The ship sailed from the U.S. and will off-load in Kuwait. The move is part of a standard rotation of forces and their equipment in and out of Iraq.
    US Navy photo # 040106-N-0780F-008, Souda Bay (6 Jan 2004) by Paul Farley.
    Robert Hurst
    Benavidez 312k USNS Benavidez (T-AKR-306) departs Souda Bay, Crete, 7 Janaury 2004, following a brief port visit. Benavidez is carrying more than 230,000 square feet of U.S. Army combat equipment and supplies, belonging to the Ft. Hood, Texas based 1st Cavalry Division currently deploying for service in Iraq. The ship sailed from the U.S. and will off-load in Kuwait. The move is part of a standard rotation of forces and their equipment in and out of Iraq.
    US Navy photo # 040107-N-0780F-018, Souda Bay (6 Jan 2004) by Paul Farley.
    Robert Hurst

    USNS Benavidez (T-AKR-306)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Master Sergeant Roy P. Benavidez United States Army Medal of Honor Citation
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Defense Video Imagery Distribution System - USNS Benavidez (T-AKR-306)
    Navy Fact File - Large, Medium-speed, roll-on/roll-off Ships - T-AKR
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