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USNS Amelia Earhart (T-AKE-6)

International Radio Call Sign:
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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal (2) - National Defense Service Medal


Lewis and Clark Class Dry Cargo/Ammunition Ship:
  • Laid down, 30 May 2007, at National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, San Diego, CA.
  • Christened and launched, 6 April 2008, at General Dynamics NASSCO, San Diego, CA.
  • Accepted and placed in service by the US Navy's Military Sealift Command, 30 October 2008
  • Planned home port, San Diego, CA.
    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 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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    Namesake
    Amelia Earhart

    The first woman to be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. She received the award after completing a solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean. Earhart disappeared in 1937 over the central Pacific Ocean during an attempt to circumnavigate the globe.
    Photo Courtesy of the Library of Congress
    Bill Gonyo
    Amelia Earhart 182k USNS Amelia Earhart (T-AKE-6) on the builders ways at General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard San Diego, 11 January in 2008.
    Photo taken from MV Hornblower by Patth (proper name unknown).
    Robert Hurst
    Amelia Earhart 2576k USNS Amelia Earhart (T-AKE-6) waits to be launched during a nighttime christening ceremony at General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard San Diego, 6 April 2008. The ship is named after the aviation pioneer, Amelia Earhart, the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic and the first person to fly solo across the Pacific Ocean. Its primary mission will be to deliver food, ammunition, fuel and other provisions to combat ships at sea.
    US Navy photo # 080406-N-0096V-051 SAN DIEGO (April 6, 2008) by MCC Steve Vasquez
    Lee Wahler
    Amelia Earhart 2429k Fireworks detonate as the Military Sealift Command dry cargo/ammunition ship USNS Amelia Earhart (T-AKE-6) is launched during a nighttime christening ceremony at General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard, San Diego, on 6 April 2008.US Navy photo # 080406-N-0096V-077 SAN DIEGO (April 6, 2008) by MCC Steve Vasquez Lee Wahler
    Amelia Earhart 450k The countdown to launch clock is 00:00 and fireworks detonate as the Military Sealift Command dry cargo/ammunition ship USNS Amelia Earhart (T-AKE-6) is christened and launched at General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard, San Diego, on 6 April 2008. Mary Mongomery Public Relations Specialist II, General Dynamics NASSCO
    Amelia Earhart 2165k USNS Amelia Earhart (T-AKE-6) is christened and launched at General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard, San Diego, on 6 April 2008.
    Photo from NASSCO
    Mary Mongomery Public Relations Specialist II, General Dynamics NASSCO
    Amelia Earhart 2204k USNS Amelia Earhart (T-AKE-6) is christened and launched at General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard, San Diego, on 6 April 2008.
    Photo from NASSCO
    Mary Mongomery Public Relations Specialist II, General Dynamics NASSCO
    Robert E. Peary 201k USNS Robert E. Peary (T-AKE-5) (left) and USNS Amelia Earhart (T-AKE-6) (right) moored at San Diego, Ca., 28 July 2008.
    Photo courtesy Tom Saint.
    Bill Gonyo
    Amelia Earhart 2092k USNS Amelia Earhart (T-AKE-6) fitting out at General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard, San Diego, in August 2008.
    Photo from NASSCO
    Photo by Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Amelia Earhart 74k USNS Amelia Earhart (T-AKE-6) underway for the first time at San Diego, CA., during builders trials, date unknown
    Photo from NASSCO
    TJ Tropia
    Amelia Earhart 75k
    Amelia Earhart 79k
    Amelia Earhart 1336k USNS Amelia Earhart (T-AKE-6) conducts an underway replenishment with the Royal Australian Navy guided-missile frigate HMAS Darwin (FFG-04) during exercise "Talisman Saber 09", 18 July 2009. Talisman Saber is a bilateral training exercise between U.S. and Australian forces.
    US Navy photo 090718-N-9123L-188 PACIFIC OCEAN (July 18, 2009) photo by MC2 Byron C. Linder from Defense Imagery.
    Bill Gonyo
    Amelia Earhart 1036k USNS Amelia Earhart (T-AKE-6) moves into position for a replenishment at sea with the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD-5). The Bataan Amphibious Ready Group is conducting maritime security operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.US Navy photo # 091004-N-9740S-011 U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Oct. 4, 2009) by MCC Tony Sisti Lee Wahler
    Amelia Earhart 4547k USNS Amelia Earhart (T-AKE-6) and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Hopper (DDG-70) conduct an underway replenishment in the US 5th Fleet area of responsibility.US Navy photo # 091128-N-0000X-057 PERSIAN GULF (Nov. 28, 2009) Lee Wahler
    Mercy 1263k USNS Mercy (T-AH-19), center, USNS Amelia Earhart (T-AKE-6), the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Osumi-class amphibious assault ship JDS Kunisaki (LST-4003), rear, and two landing craft air cushions assigned to Kunisaki transit through the South China Sea to Cambodia. Mercy is deployed as part of 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 # 100614-N-6597H-394 SOUTH CHINA SEA (June 14, 2010) by MC2 Jon Husman.
    Robert Hurst
    Amelia Earhart 536k USNS Amelia Earhart (T-AKE-6) crosses the bow of the guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG-93) and the Republic of Singapore frigate RSS Steadfast (FFG-70) before launching targets for a surface gunnery exercise for the U.S. and Singapore Navies as part of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Singapore 2010. CARAT is a series of bilateral exercises held annually in Southeast Asia to strengthen relationships and enhance force readiness. US Navy photo # 100713-N-7643B-085 SOUTH CHINA SEA (July 13, 2010) by MC2 David A. Brandenburg. Lee Wahler
    Amelia Earhart 1259k USNS Amelia Earhart (T-AKE-6) conducts a vertical replenishment in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. US Navy photo # 120708-N-TG831-333 SOUTH CHINA SEA (July 8, 2012). by MCSN Declan Barnes. Lee Wahler
    Amelia Earhart 383k USNS Amelia Earhart (T-AKE-6) transits the Philippine Sea prior to coming alongside the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) to conduct a replenishment at sea. Bonhomme Richard is the lead ship of the only forward-deployed amphibious ready group and is currently operating in the 7th Fleet Area of Operations.US Navy photo # 120924-N-WX580-088 PHILIPPINE SEA (Sept. 24, 2012) by MCSN Lacordrick Wilson. Lee Wahler
    Amelia Earhart 355k A MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter from the Island Knights of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC-25) lifts supplies from USNS Amelia Earhart (T-AKE-6) during a replenishment-at-sea with USS George Washington (CVN-73). George Washington and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW-5) provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Asia-Pacific region.US Navy photo # 121104-N-SF704-025 PHILIPPINE SEA (Nov. 4, 2012) by MC3 William Pittman. Lee Wahler
    Amelia Earhart 460k USNS Amelia Earhart (T-AKE-6) comes alongside the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN-73) before conducting a replenishment-at-sea. George Washington and her embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW-5) provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of our allies and partners in the Asia-Pacific region.
    US Navy photo # 121118-N-SF704-046 PHILIPPINE SEA (Nov. 18, 2012) by MC3 William Pittman.
    Lee Wahler
    Amelia Earhart 574k A MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter from the Island Knights of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC-25) transfers cargo to USNS Amelia Earhart (T-AKE-6) during a replenishment-at-sea with USS George Washington (CVN-73). George Washington and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW-5) provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Asia-Pacific region.US Navy photo # 121104-N-SF704-025 PHILIPPINE SEA (Nov. 4, 2012) by MC3 William Pittman. Lee Wahler
    Amelia Earhart 190k USNS Amelia Earhart (T-AKE-6) approaching the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, 15 December 2013. Photo by CAPT. Jack C. Goldthorpe USCG Ret.
    Amelia Earhart 242k Sailors aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego (LPD-22) prepare to take on fuel from USNS Amelia Earhart (T-AKE-6) during a replenishment-at-sea. San Diego is part of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (11th 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 # 141114-N-QC631-023 RED SEA (Nov. 14, 2014) by MC3 Gerald Dudley . Ron Reeves

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    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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