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USNS Alan Shepard (T-AKE-3)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Sierra - Hotel - Echo
NSHE
Lewis and Clark Class Dry Cargo/Ammunition Ship:
  • Laid down, 14 February 2006, at National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, San Diego, CA.
  • Launched, 6 December 2006
  • Delivered the Navy, 26 July 2007, and placed in service as USNS Alan Shepard (T-AKE-3), assigned to MSC Pacific
    Specifications:
    Displacement 35,400 long tons (fl.)
    Length 689 feet
    Beam 106 feet
    Draft 29.5 feet
    Complement
    124 CivMar
    36 Military + 13 for helicopter detachment
    Armament
    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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    Alan Shepard 159k Astronaut Alan B. Shepard. MSC's third dry cargo/ammunition ship, USNS Alan Shepard (T-AKE-3), is named for Shepard, the first American in space. NASA file photo. Bill Gonyo
    Alan Shepard 521k Advanced auxiliary dry cargo/ammunition ship USNS Alan Shepard (T-AKE-3) on the builders ways at National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO), San Diego, CA., 28 August 2006.
    NASSCO photo
    Mary Montgomery, General Dynamics NASSCO in San Diego, California.
    Alan Shepard 137k USNS Alan Shepard (T-AKE-3) on the builders ways at National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO), San Diego, CA., 28 August 2006.
    NASSCO photo
    Mary Montgomery, General Dynamics NASSCO in San Diego, California.
    Richard E. Byrd 676k USNS Richard E. Byrd (T-AKE-4), on the builders way at National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO), San Diego, CA., 24 June 2006. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Richard E. Byrd 606k USNS Richard E. Byrd (T-AKE-4), foreground, USNS Alan Shepard (T-AKE-3), background, on the builders way at National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO), San Diego, CA., date unknown.
    NASSCO photo
    Mary Montgomery, General Dynamics NASSCO in San Diego, California.
    Alan Shepard 214k USNS Alan Shepard (T-AKE-3) slides backwards into San Diego Bay during a christening ceremony held at the National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO). USNS Shepard is the third Lewis and Clark class supply ship to be launched and is scheduled to join the fleet next summer.
    US Navy photo # 061206-N-9195K-039 by MC3 Patrick M. Kearney.
    Tony Cowart
    Alan Shepard
    061206-N-9195K-090
    184k USNS Alan Shepherd (T-AKE-3) launching at NASSCO. The Shepard is named after Rear Adm. Alan Bartlett Shepard, who was the first American astronaut in space and the fifth person to walk on the moon. USNS Shepard is the third of the USNS ships named after great explorers. Its primary mission will be to deliver ammunition, fuel, food and other supplies to combat ships at sea.
    US Navy photo # 061206-N-9195K-090 by MC2 Alexis R. Brown.
    #2-Tony Cowart
    #17-Ron Reeves
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    Alan Shepard 63k USNS Alan Shepard (T-AKE-3) departing National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO), San Diego, CA., for the first time to undergo sea trials, 12 June 2007.
    NASSCO photo
    Mary Montgomery, General Dynamics NASSCO in San Diego, California.
    Alan Shepard 61k USNS Alan Shepard (T-AKE-3) departing National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO), San Diego, CA., for sea trials, 12 June 2007.
    NASSCO photo
    Mary Montgomery, General Dynamics NASSCO in San Diego, California.
    Alan Shepard 66k USNS Alan Shepard (T-AKE-3) departing San Diego Bay to conduct sea trials, 12 June 2007.
    NASSCO photo
    Mary Montgomery, General Dynamics NASSCO in San Diego, California.
    Alan Shepard 464k USNS Alan Shepard (T-AKE-3) moored at NAS North Island in January 2008. Photo by Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Alan Shepard 318k USNS Alan Shepard (T-AKE-3) moored at NAS North Island in January 2008. Photo by Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Alan Shepard 329k USNS Alan Shepard (T-AKE-3) moored at NAS North Island in January 2008. Photo by Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Alan Shepard 269k An MH-60 Seahawk assigned to the "Eightballers" of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC-8) approaches the flight deck of USNS Alan Shepard (T-AKE-3) to receive and transport ordnance to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) during an ammunition on load. John C. Stennis is receiving ammunition to prepare for deployment in early 2009.
    US Navy photo # 80525-N-0673M-173 PACIFIC OCEAN (May 25, 2008) by MCSN Kevin M. Murphy.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Alan Shepard 1382k USNS Alan Shepard (T-AKE-3) conducts and underway replenishment with the guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell (DDG-85). McCampbell, one of seven Arleigh Burke-class destroyers assigned to Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15, is permanently forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan.
    US Navy photo # 090304-N-9123L-004 PACIFIC OCEAN (March 4, 2009) by MC2 Byron C. Linder.
    Lee Wahler
    Alan Shepard 449k USNS Alan Shepard (T-AKE-3), USNS Carl Brashear (T-AKE-7), and USNS Flint (T-AE-32) (in foreground) were in the same vicinity and had an opportunity to sail in close formation.
    US Navy MSC photo courtesy of contracted Puma helicopter crew.
    Lee Wahler
    Alan Shepard 150k USNS Alan Shepard (T-AKE-3) conducts a vertical replenishment with the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD-2). Essex is conducting security patrols during her scheduled deployment.
    US Navy photo # 101002-N-YO446-041, Pacific Ocean, (Oct.2, 2010) by MC1 N. Ross Taylor
    Ron Reeves
    Alan Shepard 680k An AS332 Super Puma helicopter moves pallets of supplies from USNS Alan Shepard (T-AKE-3) to the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD-2) during a vertical replenishment. Essex is part of the forward-deployed Essex Amphibious Ready Group and is underway in the western Pacific region.
    US Navy photo # 101021-N-2218S-202 PHILIPPINE SEA (Oct. 21, 2010) by MC3 Andrew Ryan Smith.
    Lee Wahler
    Alan Shepard 211k USNS Alan Shepard (T-AKE-3) vertrep operations using a civilian manned AS332 Super Puma helicopter, 16 March 2011. Photos by Thomas Epps
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    Joshua Humphreys 522k USNS Alan Shepard (T-AKE 3), middle distance, and the fleet replenishment oiler USNS Joshua Humphreys (T-AO-188), foreground are underway in the Gulf of Aden after providing fuel and supplies to the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD-4). Boxer is underway supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 110427-N-ZS026-095 GULF OF ADEN (April 27, 2011) by MC3 Trevor Welsh.
    Lee Wahler
    Alan Shepard 325k A 330EV Puma helicopter prepares to land aboard USNS Alan Shepard (T-AKE-3) during a replenishment at sea.
    US Navy photo # 110711-N-ZS026-073 GULF OF ADEN (July 11, 2011) by MC3 Trevor Welsh.
    Lee Wahler
    Alan Shepard 432k USNS Alan Shepard (T-AKE-3) left, transfers fuel and stores to the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD-4) as the guided-missile destroyer USS Truxtun (DDG-103), background, prepares to come alongside Alan Shepard during a replenishment at sea. Boxer is underway supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the US 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 110711-N-ZS026-391 GULF OF ADEN (July 11, 2011) by MC3 Trevor Welsh.
    Lee Wahler
    Alan Shepard 1108k Sailors aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Truxtun (DDG-103), right, stand by as the ship approaches USNS Alan Shepard (T-AKE-3) and the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD-4) for a replenishment at sea. Truxton is on a scheduled deployment supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 110711-N-ZS026-391 GULF OF ADEN (July 11, 2011) by MC3 Trevor Welsh.
    Lee Wahler
    Alan Shepard 1067k A helicopter from USNS Alan Shepard (T-AKE-3) delivers supplies to the amphibious dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD-52) during a vertical replenishment. Pearl Harbor is operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility as part of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group.
    US Navy photo # 111210-N-PB383-953 PHILIPPINE SEA (Dec. 10, 2011) by MC2 Dominique Pineiro.
    Lee Wahler

    There is no DANFS history for USNS Alan Shepard (T-AKE-3) available at NavSource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest

    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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