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USNS Watson (T-AKR-310)


Watson Class Vehicle Cargo Ship- (LMSR) Medium-speed Roll-on/Roll-off ship:
  • Laid down, 23 May 1996, at National Steel and Shipbuilding Co., San Diego, CA.
  • Launched, 26 July 1997
  • Delivered to the US Navy, 23 June 1998
  • Assigned to the Navy's Military Sealift Command (MSC) and placed in service as USNS Watson (T-AKR-310)
  • USNS Watson (T-AKR-310) is one of the Navy's 19 LMSRs, and is assigned to Afloat Prepositioning Ship Squadron Four
    Specifications:
    Displacement 29,000 t.(lt) 62,644 t.(fl)
    Length 950'
    Beam 106'
    Draft 34' (max)
    Speed 24 kts.
    Cargo Capacity 300,00 sq. ft. plus 49,991 sq. ft. deck cargo
    Complement 30 civilian mariners
    Armament none
    Propulsion gas turbines, two propellers

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    Watson 294k Mrs. Gail Berry West, Sponsor of USNS WATSON (T-AKR-310) breaks the traditional bottle of champagne across the ships' bow on 26 July 1997 to officially launch the vessel at the National Steel and Shipbuilding Co., San Diego, CA. In attendance is her husband, Secretary of the Army Togo D. West Jr.; her daughter, Ms. Hilary West, Maid of Honor and Richard A. Vortmann, NASSCO President.
    US Department of Defense photo # DN-ST-01-00408.
    Bill Gonyo
    Watson 93k USNS Watson (T-AKR-310) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    MSC web site
    Watson 64k USNS Watson (T-AKR-310) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Global Security web site
    Watson 66k USNS Watson (T-AKR-310) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Global Security web site
    Watson 75k USNS Watson (T-AKR-310) underway, date and location unknown. Photo by Peter Westdijk

    There is no DANFS history for USNS Watson (T-AKR-310) at NavSource
    Private George Watson 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
    Navy Fact File - Large, Medium-speed, roll-on/roll-off Ships - T-AKR
    Back To The Main Photo Index Back To The Service Force Ship Type Index Back To The Vehicle Cargo Ship / Roll-on/Roll-off Ship (AKR) Photo Index
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    Last Updated 13 December 2013