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USNS Soderman (T-AKR-317)

Watson Class Vehicle Cargo Ship- (LMSR) Medium-speed Roll-on/Roll-off ship:
  • Laid down, 31 October 2000, at National Steel and Shipbuilding Co., San Diego, CA.
  • Launched, 26 April 2002
  • Delivered to the US Navy, 24 September 2002
  • Assigned to the Navy's Military Sealift Command (MSC) and placed in service as USNS Soderman (T-AKR-317), operated by Maersk Line Ltd.
  • USNS Soderman (T-AKR-317) is one of the Navy's 19 LMSRs, and is assigned to Afloat Prepositioning Ship Squadron Four
    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.
    Civilian Mariners 26 up to 45
    US Navy Personnel 50
    Armament none
    two GE Marine LM gas turbines; 64,000 hp (7.7 MW)
    two shafts, cp props

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    Soderman 76k
    President Harry S. Truman presenting the Medal of Honor to Private First Class William A. Soderman US Army in the Rose Garden at the White House, 12 October 1945..
    Robert Hurst
    Soderman 240k Launching of USNS Soderman (T-AKR-317), 2 April 2002. Soderman is the eighth and final Strategic Sealift ship to be built for the Navy by NASSCO.
    Photo provided by NASSCO
    Bill Gonyo
    Soderman 358k Starboard ae3rial view of USNS Soderman (T-AKR-317) under way during builder's sea trials, 28 August 2002.
    Department of Defense. American Forces Information Service. Defense Visual Information Center photo # DN-SC-03-12980
    Robert Hurst
    Soderman 89k USNS Soderman (T-AKR-317) at anchor in Diego Garcia, date unknown.
    Photo by Ron VanDrachek.
    Jack Treutle
    Soderman 256k Sailors of Mobile Security Detachment 32 is transported in a US Navy 50-foot workboat to embark on board USNS Soderman (T-AKR 317) at anchor in Souda harbor, Crete, Greece, 3 December 2006. The detachment is part of the San Diego-based Mobile Security Squadron Three and is currently deployed in support of Operation Vigilant Mariner (OVM). OVM provides on board security teams to protect MSC ships and their civilian crews as they sail into harms way to support thousands of Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines fighting the global war on terrorism. The team will be onboard Soderman for her transit to the Persian Gulf.
    US Navy photo # 061203-N-0780F-011 by Paul Farley.
    Robert Hurst
    Soderman 233k USNS Soderman (T-AKR-317) prepares to moor pierside at Naval Station Everett, 23 February 2007.
    US Navy photo # 070223-N-8870B-003 by MCC Jon J. Baker.
    Lee Wahler and
    Robert Hurst
    Soderman 166k USNS Soderman (T-AKR-317) during a simulated disaster relief exercise in Guatemala, in 2007. Soderman's stern ramp is used to load and unload military vehicles at sea via floating barges called the Improved Naval Lighterage System.
    US Navy photo by MCSN Omar A. Dominquez.
    Robert Hurst
    Soderman 111k USNS Soderman (T-AKR-317) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy (MSC) photo.
    Robert Hurst
    Soderman 223k Sailors assigned to Commander, Navy Expeditionary Forces Command Pacific (CTF 75), Coastal Riverine Squadron Three, and Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB-133) off-load supplies, including two riverine command boats, from USNS Soderman (T-AKR-317). The new command boats will bring added versatility to CTF-75 and increase capabilities and readiness in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 141124-N-XO016-322 SANTA RITA, Guam (Nov. 24, 2014)
    Lee Wahler

    USNS Soderman (T-AKR-3017)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Private First Class William A. Soderman United States Army Medal of Honor Citation

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Defense Video Imagery Distribution System - USNS Soderman (T-AKR-317)
    Navy Fact File - Large, Medium-speed, roll-on/roll-off Ships - T-AKR
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