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USNS Lewis and Clark (T-AKE-1)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Lima - November - Charlie
NLNC
Lewis and Clark Class Dry Cargo/Ammunition Ship:
  • Laid down, 22 April 2004, at National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, San Diego, CA.
  • Launched, 21 May 2005
  • Delivered to the Military Sealift Command (MSC) and placed in service as USNS Lewis and Clark (T-AKE-1), 20 June 2006
    Specifications:
    Displacement 41,000 long tons (fl.)
    Length 689 feet
    Beam 106 feet
    Draft 29.5 feet
    Complement
    124 CivMar
    36 Military + 13 for helicopter detachment
    Armament none
    Cargo Capacities
    Max Dry Cargo Weight 5,910 long tons
    Max Dry Cargo Volume 783,000 square feet
    Max Cargo Fuel Weight 2,350 long tons)
    Cargo Fuel Volume 18,000 barrels (DFM: 10,500) (JP5:7,500)
    Propulsion
    Main machinery - Integrated propulsion and ship service electrical system, with generation at 6.6KV by FM/MAN B&W diesel generators; one fixed pitch propeller; bow thruster.
    Speed 20 knots
    Range 14,000 nautical miles at 20 knots
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    USNS Lewis and Clark (T-AKE-1)
    Lewis and Clark 350k
    Namesake
    Lewis and Clark

    Meriwether Lewis was born 18August 1774 in Albemarle County, Va. Much of his boyhood was spent learning the ways of wildlife and Indian lore. When he was 20 years old he was called to active duty during the “Whiskey Rebellion” in October 1794. After joining the Regular Army, he marched to Greenville, Ohio, the following year to view the signing of the Northwest Treaty. During this mission he was a subordinate of William Clark, his future companion in exploring the West. Following Thomas Jefferson’s election, Lewis was offered the post of private secretary, and he became overseer of Jefferson’s domestic arrangements. In 1803, when Congress appropriated funds for exploring the West, Lewis went to Philadelphia to organize the expedition. As his companion officer he chose William Clark. Clark was born 1 August 1770 in Caroline County, Va. Like Lewis, he was brought up in the revolutionary spirit and spent some of his early years defending against marauding Indians. Designed to find a land route to the Pacific, the expedition mustered in Illinois in 1804 and for the next 28 months proceeded to gain invaluable information about the unknown parts of the continent and its Indian inhabitants. The exploring party returned to St. Louis in September 1806. For the rest of their lives Lewis and Clark dedicated their abilities to administration of the U.S. territories and gave valuable service in Indian affairs. Meriwether Lewis died 11 October 1809 and William Clark died 1 September 1838.
    Oil painting by Edgar Samuel Paxson, 1912 from The Granger Collection, New York, courtesy of the Oregon Historical Society.
    Bill Gonyo
    Lewis and Clark 42k Lewis and Clark (T-AKE-1) on the building ways at National Steel and Shipbuilding Co., San Diego, CA.
    Photo © NASSCO
    TJ Tropea RM1 USN Ret.
    Lewis and Clark 83k Jane Lewis Sale Henley, left, and Lisa Clark, descendants of explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, christen the first of MSC"s dry cargo/ammunition ships USNS Lewis and Clark (T-AKE-1) 21 May 2005, at National Steel and Shipbuilding Co., San Diego, CA.
    US Navy photo from MSC’s Annual Report 2005.
    Bill Gonyo
    Lewis and Clark 97k USNS Lewis and Clark (T-AKE-1) launching, 21 May 2005, at National Steel and Shipbuilding Co., San Diego, CA.
    Photo © NASSCO
    TJ Tropea RM1 USN Ret.
    Lewis and Clark 56k USNS Lewis and Clark (T-AKE-1) launching, 21 May 2005, at National Steel and Shipbuilding Co., San Diego, CA. TJ Tropea RM1 USN Ret.
    Lewis and Clark 69k USNS Lewis and Clark (T-AKE-1) launching, 21 May 2005, at National Steel and Shipbuilding Co., San Diego, CA. Photo © NASSCO TJ Tropea RM1 USN Ret.
    Lewis and Clark 73k USNS Lewis and Clark (T-AKE-1) while under construction at National Steel and Shipbuilding Co., San Diego, CA.
    Military Sealift Command photo
    Lee Wahler
    Lewis and Clark 388k USNS Lewis and Clark (T-AKE-1) at the fitting out pier NASSCO, San Diego, CA., January 2006. Photo by Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Lewis and Clark 43k USNS Lewis and Clark (T-AKE-1) departs General Dynamics NASSCO's pier on the morning of Tuesday, 25 April 2006, for its first sea trials.
    Military Sealift Command photo.
    Lee Wahler
    Lewis and Clark 407k USNS Lewis and Clark (T-AKE-1) at the fitting out pier NASSCO, San Diego, CA., May 2006. Photo by Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Lewis and Clark 53k USNS Lewis and Clark (T-AKE-1) underway off San Diego during acceptance trials circa April to June 2006. Lee Wahler
    Lewis and Clark 52k USNS Lewis and Clark (T-AKE-1) passing south of Alcatraz Island while in San Francisco Bay, 14 July 2006. Photo by CAPT. Jack C. Goldthorpe, USCG Ret.
    Lewis and Clark 64k USNS Lewis and Clark (T-AKE-1) prepares to moor at Naval Station Norfolk, VA., 8 September 2006.
    US Navy photo # 060908-N-7653W-032 Norfolk, Va. (Sept. 8, 2006) by MCSN Seaman Justan K. Williams.
    Navy Newsstand
    Lewis and Clark 83k USNS Lewis and Clark (T-AKE-1) prepares to moor at Naval Station Norfolk, VA., 8 September 2006.
    US Navy photo # 060908-N-6827R-015 Norfolk, Va. (Sept. 8, 2006) by MCSN Scott C. Rancilio.
    Navy Newsstand
    Lewis and Clark 132k USNS Lewis and Clark (T-AKE-1) underway in the Atlantic Ocean, 14 December 2006, while conducting a vertical replenishment with USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) in the Atlantic Ocean.
    US Navy photo # 061214-N-9708H-146 Atlantic Ocean (Dec. 14, 2006) by MCSN Zach Hernandez.
    Navy Newsstand
    Lewis and Clark 3360k An MH-60S Seahawk helicopter assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 26 conducts a vertical replenishment from USNS Mount Baker (T-AE-34), (left) while USNS Lewis and Clark (T-AKE-1) (center), prepares to conduct a replenishment-at-sea (RAS) with Mount Baker and (right) the Nimitz Class Aircraft Carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) in the Atlantic Ocean, 17 Dece3mber 2006.
    US Navy photo # 061217-N-9708H-028 Atlantic Ocean (Dec.17 2006) by MCSN Zach Hernandez.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Lewis and Clark 98k USNS Lewis and Clark (T-AKE-1) underway in the Atlantic Ocean, 7 February 2007 while conducting a vertical replenishment with USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) as USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) transits towards them.
    US Navy photo # 070207-N-9362D-002 Atlantic Ocean (Feb. 7, 2007) by MC3 Randall Damm.
    Navy Newsstand
    Lewis and Clark 71k USNS Lewis and Clark (T-AKE-1) prepares to come alongside USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), in the Atlantic Ocean , 7 February 2007. - Snow blankets the flight deck of Harry S. Truman as crew members prepare for an ammunition onload from Lewis and Clark.
    US Navy photo # 070207-N-9475M-029 Atlantic Ocean (Feb. 7, 2007) by MC3 Mari Matsumoto.
    Navy Newsstand
    Lewis and Clark 41k USNS Lewis and Clark (T-AKE-1) transits alongside USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) while awaiting shot lines during a replenishment at sea (RAS), while underway in the Atlantic Ocean, 7 February 2007..
    US Navy photo # 070207-N-9475M-045 Atlantic Ocean (Feb. 7, 2007) by MC3 Mari Matsumoto.
    Navy Newsstand
    Lewis and Clark 79k Operations Specialist 3rd Class Jeana Mullen talks on a sound-powered telephone as USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) pulls alongside USNS Lewis and Clark (T-AKE 1) during an underway replenishment (UNREP), while underway in the Atlantic Ocean, 7 February 2007. This was Lewis and Clark's inaugural UNREP.
    US Navy photo # 070207-N-8923M-016 Atlantic Ocean (Feb. 7, 2007) by Seaman Kevin T. Murray Jr.
    Navy Newsstand
    Lewis and Clark 178k USNS Lewis and Clark (T-AKE 1) being assisted out of the Norfolk deperming station by Moran tugs, 29 May 2007. Photo by ©Marc Piché Vercheres, Quebec, Canada. TJ Tropea, Courtesy Marc Piché
    Lewis and Clark 441k USNS Lewis and Clark (T-AKE 1) arrives for a port visit at Souda Bay, Crete, Greece, 24 July 2007. Note the harbor security boat patrolling in the foreground.
    US Navy photo # 070724-N-0780F-001 SOUDA BAY, Crete, Greece (July 24, 2007) by Mr. Paul Farley.
    Lee Wahler
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    USNS Lewis and Clark (T-AKE 1) arrives for a port visit at Souda Bay, Crete, Greece, 24 July 2007.
    US Navy photo # 070724-N-0780F-002 SOUDA BAY, Crete, Greece (July 24, 2007) by Mr. Paul Farley.
    Lee Wahler
    Lewis and Clark 626k USNS Lewis and Clark (T-AKE 1) moored at the NATO pier, Augusta Bay, Sicily, in January 2008. Photo by Maurizio Chiaro
    Lewis and Clark 671k An SA-330 Puma helicopter assigned to USNS Lewis and Clark (T-AKE 1) conducts a vertical replenishment with the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7), not pictured. Iwo Jima is deployed as part of the Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group supporting maritime security operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 081114-N-5681S-088 PERSIAN GULF (Nov. 14, 2008) by MC3 Michael Starkey.
    Lee Wahler
    San Antonio 627k USNS Lewis and Clark (T-AKE-1) conducts an underway replenishment with USS San Antonio (LPD-17). San Antonio is deployed as part of the Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group supporting maritime security operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 090107-N-6764G-106 PERSIAN GULF (Jan. 7, 2009) by MC3 Brian Goodwin.
    Douglas Brown
    Lewis and Clark 1548k An SA-330 Puma helicopter picks up pallets from the USNS Lewis and Clark (T-AKE-1) during a vertical replenishment with the amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD-50). Carter Hall is deployed as part of the Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group supporting maritime security operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 090101-N-3392P-038 PERSIAN GULF (Jan. 1, 2009) by MC2 Katrina Parker.
    Lee Wahler and Douglas Brown
    Lewis and Clark 2322k USNS Lewis and Clark (T-AKE-1) conducts a vertical replenishment with the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7). Iwo Jima is deployed as part of the Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group supporting maritime security operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 090121-N-3392P-038 PERSIAN GULF (Jan. 21, 2009) by MC2 Katrina Parker.
    Lee Wahler
    Lewis and Clark 2189k USNS Lewis and Clark (T-AKE-1) conducts a replenishment at sea with the amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD-50). Carter Hall is deployed as part of the Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group supporting maritime security operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 090121-N-9134V-026 PERSIAN GULF (Jan. 21, 2009) by MC2 Flordeliz Valerio.
    Lee Wahler
    Iwo Jima 1917k Sailors aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD-50) watch the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) breakaway from USNS Lewis and Clark (T-AKE-1) after a replenishment at sea. Carter Hall and Iwo Jima are deployed as part of the Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group supporting maritime security operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility
    US Navy photo # 090121-N-3392P-168 PERSIAN GULF (Jan. 21, 2009) by MC2 Katrina Parker.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Lewis and Clark 1879k USNS Lewis and Clark (T-AKE-1) conducts a vertical replenishment with the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) and the amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD-50). Iwo Jima and Carter Hall are deployed as part of the Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group supporting maritime security operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 090129-N-3392P-009 PERSIAN GULF (Jan. 29, 2009) by MC2 Katrina Parker.
    Lee Wahler
    Lewis and Clark 937k An SA-330J Puma helicopter assigned to USNS Lewis and Clark (T-AKE-1), in background, transits the Arabian Sea during a vertical replenishment.
    US Navy photo # 100830-N-4378P-203 ARABIAN SEA (Aug. 30, 2010) by MC2 Edwardo Proano.
    Lee Wahler
    Lewis and Clark 879k USNS Lewis and Clark (T-AKE-1) underway in the Arabian Sea. Lewis and Clark is replenishing elements of the Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group, which are providing disaster relief to flooded regions in Pakistan.
    US Navy photo # 100831-N-4378P-036 ARABIAN SEA (Aug. 31, 2010) by MC2 Edwardo Proano.
    Lee Wahler
    Lewis and Clark 665k USNS Lewis and Clark (T-AKE-1) conducts a berth shift for refueling before departing Souda Bay after a routine port visit. Lewis and Clark is one of ten Military Sealift Command dry cargo and ammunition ships one of the 41 ships in the Naval Fleet Auxiliary Force.
    US Navy photo # 110211-N-M0201-070 SOUDA BAY, Greece (Feb. 11, 2011) by Paul Farley.
    Lee Wahler
    Lewis and Clark 1105k An SA-330J Puma helicopter approaches USNS Lewis and Clark (T-AKE-1) during a vertical replenishment.
    US Navy photo # 110223-N-3154P-035 RED SEA (Feb. 23, 2011) by MC3 Scott Pittman.
    Lee Wahler
    Lewis and Clark
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    982k An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Chargers of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC-26) transfers cargo from the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) to USNS Lewis and Clark (T-AKE-1) during an underway replenishment. Comfort is deployed supporting Continuing Promise 2011,
    US Air Force photo # 110726-F-ET173-041 PACIFIC OCEAN (July 26, 2011) by Staff Sgt. Alesia Goosic and US Navy photo # 110726-N-RM525-342 PACIFIC OCEAN (July 26, 2011) by MC2 Jonathen E. Davis.
    Lee Wahler
    Lewis and Clark
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    Lewis and Clark 1385k The guided-missile frigate USS Thach (FFG-43) maneuvers away from USNS Lewis and Clark (T-AKE-1) as the guided-missile frigate USS Boone (FFG-28) approaches during refueling at sea operations. Thach and Boone are deployed to South America supporting Southern Seas 2011.
    US Navy photo # 110809-N-ZI300-035 PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 9, 2011 by MC1 Steve Smith.
    Lee Wahler
    Lewis and Clark 1875k USNS Lewis and Clark (T-AKE-1) approaches the Bridge of the Americas during a port visit to Panama City, Panama.
    US Navy photo # 110817-N-ZI300-042 PANAMA CITY (Aug. 17, 2011) by MC1 Steve Smith.
    Lee Wahler
    Lewis and Clark 1216k USNS Lewis and Clark (T-AKE-1) and USNS Robert E. Peary (T-AKE-5) moored "skin to skin" at Pier #8 Naval Station Norfolk, VA., 24 December 2011. Photos by Brandon J. Varner
    Lewis and Clark 1283k

    There is no DANFS history available for USNS Lewis and Clark (AKE-1) at NavSource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest

    Photo Archive - Lewis and Clark RAS of Nitze, Northern Arabian Gulf, circa winter 2009
    Navy Fact File - Dry Cargo/Ammunition Ships - T-AKE
    General Dynamics - NASSCO - Louis and Clark (T-AKE-1) Class Dry Cargo/Ammunition Ship Fact Sheet
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