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USNS Richard E. Byrd (T-AKE-4)

/International Radio Call Sign:
November - Bravo - Yankee - Romeo
NBYR
Lewis and Clark Class Dry Cargo/Ammunition Ship:
  • Laid down, 28 July 2006, at National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, San Diego, CA.
  • Launched, 15 May 2007
  • Delivered to the US Navy, 8 November 2007
  • Placed in service, 14 November 2007, by the Military Sealift Command (MSC) as USNS Richard E. Byrd (T-AKE-4)
    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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    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.
    Richard E. Byrd 103k USNS Richard E. Byrd (T-AKE-4) launching at National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, San Diego, CA., 15 May 2007.
    US Navy photo # 070515-N-3642E-289 SAN DIEGO (May 15, 2007) by MCC Shawn P. Eklund.
    US Navy Newsstand
    Richard E. Byrd 99k USNS Richard E. Byrd (T-AKE-4) launching at National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, San Diego, CA., 15 May 2007.
    US Navy photo # 070515-N-3642E-304 SAN DIEGO (May 15, 2007) by MCC Shawn P. Eklund.
    US Navy Newsstand
    Richard E. Byrd 305k USNS Richard E. Byrd (T-AKE-4) passes under the San Diego-Coronado Bridge for sea trials. Photo by NASSCO/ General Dynamics, 2007. Robert Hurst
    Richard E. Byrd 161k USNS Richard E. Byrd (T-AKE-4) moored pierside, Naval Station San Diego in January 2008. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Richard E. Byrd 175k
    Richard E. Byrd 208k USNS Richard E. Byrd (T-AKE-4) and USNS Robert E. Peary (T-AKE-5) moored side by side at the National Steel and Shipbuilding Company Shipyard, San Diego, CA., 11 January 2008.
    Photo by Pathh (real name unknown).
    Robert Hurst
    Richard E. Byrd 252k USNS Richard E. Byrd (T-AKE-4) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from the Military Sealift Command collections.
    Bill Gonyo
    Richard E. Byrd 165k USNS Richard E. Byrd (T-AKE-4) underway in WestPac while relieving USNS Niagara Falls (T-AFS-3), date unknown.
    US Navy photo from the Military Sealift Command collections.
    TJ Tropia
    Richard E. Byrd 204k USNS Richard E. Byrd (T-AKE-4) makes her approach alongside the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD-2) for an underway replenishment, 19 October 2008. Essex is the lead ship of the only forward-deployed U.S. Expeditionary Strike Group and serves as the flagship for CTF 76, the Navy's only forward-deployed amphibious force commander.
    US Navy photo # 081019-N-0120A-106 SOUTH CHINA SEA (Oct. 19, 2008) by MC2 Mark R. Alvarez.
    TJ Tropia
    Richard E. Byrd 197k USNS Richard E. Byrd (T-AKE-4) moors at Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka.
    US Navy photo # 090521-N-2013O-042 YOKOSUKA, Japan (May 21, 2009) by MCSN Charles Oki.
    Lee Wahler
    Richard E. Byrd 336k USNS Richard E. Byrd (T-AKE-4) sits pier side during Pacific Partnership 2009. The U.S. Navy's Pacific Partnership is the dedicated humanitarian and civil assistance mission conducted by, with and through partner nations, non-governmental organizations and other U.S. and international government agencies to execute a variety of humanitarian civic action missions in the Pacific Fleet area of responsibility. This year Pacific Partnership will travel to Oceania, including Kiribati, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands and Tonga. The Richard E. Byrd serves as the enabling platform for U.S. and partner nation military and non-governmental organizations to coordinate humanitarian civic assistance efforts.
    US Navy photo # 090703-N-9689V-001 UPOLU, Samoa (July 3, 2009) by MCSN Charles Oki.
    Lee Wahler
    Richard E. Byrd 204k USNS Richard E. Byrd (T-AKE-4) center, and the Royal Australian Navy heavy landing craft HMAS Betano (L-133) and HMAS Wewak (L-130) transit from Malaita to Guadalcanal while underway in the Solomon Islands during Pacific Partnership 2009.
    US Navy photo # 090814-N-9689V-008 MALAITA, Solomon Islands (Aug. 14, 2009) by MC2 Joshua Valcarcel.
    Lee Wahler
    Walter S Diehl 975k USNS Walter S. Diehl (T-AO-193) conducts a replenishment at sea with USS Blue Ridge (LCC-19) and USNS Richard E. Byrd (T-AKE 4).
    US Navy photo # 091023-N-5716H-557 PACIFIC OCEAN (Oct. 23, 2009) by MC2 Josh Huebner.
    Lee Wahler
    Richard E. Byrd 217k A Military Sealift Command-contracted SA-330J Puma helicopter transports cargo from USNS Richard E. Byrd (T-AKE-4) to the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH-19) during a vertical replenishment. Mercy is conducting Pacific Partnership 2010, the fifth in a series of annual U.S. Pacific Fleet humanitarian and civic assistance endeavors to strengthen regional partnerships.
    US Navy photo # 100629-N-6410J-032 PACIFIC OCEAN (June 29, 2010) by MC3 Matthew Jackson.
    Lee Wahler
    Richard E. Byrd 547k The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Gridley (DDG-101) pulls along side USNS Richard E. Byrd (T-AKE 4) during a vertical replenishment. Gridley is on a deployment with the Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 110118-N-2055M-208 SOUTH CHINA SEA (Jan. 18, 2011) by MC3 Travis K. Mendoza.
    Lee Wahler
    Richard E. Byrd 220k The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG-88) and USNS Richard E. Byrd (T-AKE 4) break away from the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) after an underway replenishment. Ronald Reagan is operating in the western Pacific Ocean.
    US Navy photo # 110409-N-1004S-723 PACIFIC OCEAN (April 9, 2011) by MC3 Shawn J. Stewart.
    Lee Wahler
    Richard E. Byrd 278k The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG-88) approaches the port side of USNS Richard E. Byrd (T-AKE 4) during a replenishment at sea with the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) Ronald Reagan is operating in the western Pacific Ocean.
    US Navy photo # 110415-N-MJ491-066 PACIFIC OCEAN (April 15, 2011) by MC2 Matthew Jackson.
    Lee Wahler
    Richard E. Byrd 223k USNS Richard E. Byrd (T-AKE 4) transits the Bay of Bengal after conducting a replenishment at sea with the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) Ronald Reagan is operating in the Bay of Bengal.
    US Navy photo # 110506-N-1004S-381 BAY OF BENGAL (May 6, 2011) by MC3 Shawn J. Stewart.
    Lee Wahler
    Richard E. Byrd 213k USNS Richard E. Byrd (T-AKE-4) and USNS Alan Shepard (T-AKE-3) moored at their builders yard, National Steel and Shipbuilding Company Shipyard, San Diego, CA., 7 August 2011. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Richard E. Byrd 295k USNS Richard E. Byrd (T-AKE-4) under way, 16 June 2012, location unknown.
    US Navy photo # 120617-O-ZZ999-002 by Kristopher Radder, taken from USNS Mercy (T-AH-19)
    Robert Hurst
    Pecos 227k USNS Richard E. Byrd (T-AKE-4) and the fleet replenishment oiler USNS Pecos (T-AO-197) are underway in the Gulf of Aden in support of the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group and, embarked 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU). The Bataan Amphibious Ready Group is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility
    US Navy photo # 140320-N-HO612-181 GULF OF ADEN (March 20, 2014) by MC3 Erik Foster.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Richard E. Byrd 206k USNS Richard E. Byrd (T-AKE 4) transits alongside the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD-5) during a replenishment-at-sea. Bataan is the flagship for the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU) is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 140408-N-JX484-345 ARABIAN SEA (April 8, 2014) by MC3 Mark Hays.
    Lee Wahler
    Richard E. Byrd 266k An MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter leaves the flight deck of USNS Richard E. Byrd (T-AKE-4), carrying supplies to the guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG-52), not shown. Bunker Hill is underway in the US 7th Fleet area of responsibility as part of the Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group. USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW-17), are on deployment in the US 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
    US Navy photo # 140919-N-GW918-344 PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 19, 2014) by MC1 LaTunya Howard
    Lee Wahler
    Richard E. Byrd
    150210-N-ZZ999-149 EAST CHINA SEA (Feb. 10, 2015)
    347k The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG-82) conducts an underway replenishment with USNS Richard E. Byrd (USNS T-AKE-4). Lassen is on patrol in the East China Sea in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
    US Navy Photo # 150210-N-ZZ999-149 EAST CHINA SEA (Feb. 10, 2015) and
    150210-N-ZZ999-118 EAST CHINA SEA (Feb. 10, 2015) by Naval Aircrewman (Tactical) Helicopter 2nd Class Bryce Hawley
    Lee Wahler
    Richard E. Byrd
    150210-N-ZZ999-118 EAST CHINA SEA (Feb. 10, 2015)
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    Richard E. Byrd 114k A Military Sealift Command-contracted SA-330J Puma helicopter from USNS Richard E. Byrd (T-AKE-4) delivers pallets of cargo to USS Oak Hill (LSD-51) during a replenishment at sea in the Arabian Sea. The 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit is embarked on the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group and is deployed to maintain regional security in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations.
    US Marine Corps photo # 160125-M-DE426-003 ARABIAN GULF (Jan. 25, 2016) by Staff Sgt. Bobby J. Yarbrough
    Lee Wahler
    Richard E. Byrd 1239k USNS Richard E. Byrd (T-AKE-4) performs a vertical replenishment with the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75), not pictured. The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group is deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations, and theater security cooperation efforts, in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations.
    US Navy photo # 160316-N-NK123-058 ARABIAN GULF (March 16, 2016) by MC3 Jacob Richardson.
    Lee Wahler
    Richard E. Byrd 198k Fire Controlman 3rd Class Guillermo Ortiz fires a shot line from the forecastle of guided-missile destroyer USS Gonzalez (DDG 66) during a replenishment-at-sea with USNS Richard E. Byrd (T-AKE-4). Gonzalez is currently operating with the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations.
    US Navy photo # 160506-N-VE959-045 GULF OF ADEN (May 6, 2016) by MC3 Pasquale Sena.
    Lee Wahler
    Richard E. Byrd 213k USNS Richard E. Byrd (T-AKE-4) transits alongside guided-missile destroyer USS Gonzalez (DDG 66) during a replenishment-at-sea. Gonzalez is currently operating with the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations.
    US Navy photo # 160506-N-VE959-192 GULF OF ADEN (May 6, 2016) by MC3 Pasquale Sena.
    Lee Wahler
    Richard E. Byrd 219k USNS Richard E. Byrd (T-AKE-4) conducts a vertical replenishment with the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70). The U.S. Navy has patrolled the Indo-Asia-Pacific routinely for more than 70 years promoting regional peace and security.
    US Navy photo # 170507-N-GD109-194 PACIFIC OCEAN (May 7, 2017) by MC2 Z.A. Landers.
    Lee Wahler
    Richard E. Byrd 314k The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Sterett (DDG-104) conducts a replenishment-at-sea with USNS Richard E. Byrd (T-AKE-4). Sterett is part of the Sterett-Dewey Surface Action Group and is the third deploying group operating under the command and control construct called 3rd Fleet Forward.
    US Navy photo # 170609-N-ZW825-232 SOUTH CHINA SEA (June 9, 2017) by MC1 Byron C. Linder.
    U.S. Navy Photos of the Day Update 06/12/2017

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