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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
    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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    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 89k USNS Soderman (T-AKR-317) at anchor in Diego Garcia, date unknown.
    Photo by Ron VanDrachek.
    Jack Treutle
    Soderman 76k USNS Soderman (T-AKR-317) prepares to moor pierside at Naval Station Everett, 23 February 2007.
    US Navy photo # 070223-N-8870B-003 from the Navy Newsstand, photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Jon J. Baker.
    Lee Wahler
    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

    There is no DANFS history available for USNS Soderman (T-AKR-317) at NavSource
    Private First Class William A. Soderman 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 5 December 2014