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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 951'4"
    Beam 106'
    Draft 34' (max)
    Speed 24 kts.
    Cargo Capacity 292,000 sq. ft.
    Complement
    Civilian Mariners 26 up to 45
    US Navy Personnel 50
    Armament none
    Propulsion
    two GE Marine LM gas turbines; 64,000 hp (7.7 MW)
    two shafts, cp props

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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) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    MSC web site
    Watson 64k USNS Watson (T-AKR-310) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Global Security web site
    Watson 66k USNS Watson (T-AKR-310) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Global Security web site
    Watson 75k USNS Watson (T-AKR-310) under way, date and location unknown. Photo by Peter Westdijk
    Watson 430k USNS Watson (T-AKR-310) under way 19 May 1998, location unknown. Robert Hurst
    Watson 242k An M2A3 Bradley Fighting Vehicle is prepared for loading aboard USNS Watson (T-AKR-310), at Gwangyang Port Terminal, Republic of Korea, 12 March 2005. The on load is part of the first stages of Reception, Staging, Onward movement, and Integration/Foal Eagle exercises (RSO&I/Foal Eagle). RSO&I is a complex multi-phase exercise conducted annually, tailored to train, test, and demonstrate United States and Republic of Korea force projection and deployment capabilities. Foal Eagle exercise runs simultaneously and trains in all aspects of Combined Forces Command's mission.
    US Air Force photo # 050312-F-2902B-001, by Staff Sgt. Ricky A. Bloom
    Robert Hurst
    Watson 249k A Korean contractor uses a radio to contact his co-workers while loading a U.S. Army tracked vehicles aboard USNS Watson (T-AKR 310), at Gwangyang Port Terminal, Republic of Korea, 12 March 2005. The on load is part of the first stages of Reception, Staging, Onward movement, and Integration/Foal Eagle exercises (RSO&I/Foal Eagle).
    US Air Force photo # 050312-F-2902B-025, by Staff Sgt. Ricky A. Bloom
    Robert Hurst
    Watson 276k USNS Watson (T-AKR-310) moored at Wharf Alpha at, Naval Weapons Station, Joint Base Charleston, S.C., 7 October 2014. USNS Watson is part of MSCís Prepositioning Program. Afloat prepositioning strategically places military equipment and supplies aboard ships located in key ocean areas to ensure rapid availability during a major theater war, a humanitarian operation or other contingency.
    US Air Force photo # 141007-F-TK607-003, by Eric Sesit.
    Bill Gonyo

    USNS Watson (T-AKR-310)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    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
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