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USNS Carl Brashear (T-AKE-7)


Lewis and Clark Class Dry Cargo/Ammunition Ship:
  • Laid down, 2 November 2007, at National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, San Diego, CA.
  • Launch and Christen, 18 September 2008, at General Dynamics NASSCO, San Diego, CA.
  • Accepted by the Navy and placed in service with the Military Sealift Command as USNS Carl Brashear (T-AKE-7), 3 March 2009.
  • 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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    Carl Brashear 261k
    Namesake
    Carl Brashear

    Master Chief Petty Officer Carl Brashear, (left) who joined the U.S. Navy in 1948 and was a Navy pioneer, becoming one of the first African-Americans to graduate from the Navy Diving School and the first to qualify and serve as a master diver on active duty. After being severely injured in a diving accident, Brashear's leg was amputated. Almost two years later, after strenuous rehabilitation and rigorous testing, he became the first person to be certified or re-certified to dive as an amputee. On the right is Cuba Gooding Jr. the actor that played Brashear in the film "Men of Honor" in the year 2000.
    Photo courtesy of Southeastern Louisiana University
    Bill Gonyo
    Carl Brashear 263k Stern view of USNS Carl Brashear (T-AKE-7) while under construction at NASSCO San Diego, 2008. Ron Reeves
    Carl Brashear 3093k Stern view of USNS Carl Brashear (T-AKE-7) while under construction at NASSCO San Diego, 14 April 2008.
    Photo from NASSCO
    Mary Mongomery Public Relations Specialist II, General Dynamics NASSCO
    Carl Brashear 2972k Stern view of USNS Carl Brashear (T-AKE-7) while under construction at NASSCO San Diego, 25 April 2008.
    Photo from NASSCO
    Mary Mongomery Public Relations Specialist II, General Dynamics NASSCO
    Carl Brashear 974k Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Joe R. Campa Jr. addresses the crowd at the christening ceremony for USNS Carl Brashear (T-AKE-7) held at General Dynamics NASSCO. MCPON was the principal speaker for the event, which also included remarks from Mr. Frederick Harris, President of General Dynamics NASSCO, Master Chief Kenneth Green, Command Master Chief of Military Sealift Command, and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead.
    US Navy photo # 080918-N-9818V-172 SAN DIEGO (Sept. 18, 2008) MC1 Jennifer A. Villalovos.
    Robert M. Cieri and Douglas Brown
    Carl Brashear 993k Lauren Brashear, eldest granddaughter of Master Chief Boatswain’s Mate Carl Brashear, holds a ceremonial bottle of champagne before christening USNS Carl Brashear, 18 September 2008.
    US Navy photo by MC1 Jennifer A. Villalovos.
    Bill Gonyo
    Carl Brashear 643k The Matrons of Honor, Sandra Brashear and Joy Harris, along with the ship's sponsor, Lauren Brashear launch the Military Sealift Command (MSC) auxiliary dry cargo carrier, USNS Carl Brashear (T-AKE-7) during the christening and launching ceremony at General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard, 18 September 2008. The Brashear honors Master Chief Boatswain's Mate (Master Diver) Carl M. Brashear, one of the first black deep-sea divers and Master Divers and the first U.S. Navy diver to be restored to full active duty as an amputee.
    US Navy photo # 080918-N-8273J-139 SAN DIEGO (Sept. 18, 2008) MC1 Tiffini M. Jones.
    Robert M. Cieri and Douglas Brown
    Carl Brashear 432k USNS Carl Brashear (T-AKE-7) slides into the San Diego Bay during the christening and launching ceremony at General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard. To the left of Carl Brashear is USNS Wally Schirra (T-AKE-8) on the building ways.
    US Navy photo # 080918-N-8273J-145 SAN DIEGO (Sept. 18, 2008) MC1 Tiffini M. Jones.
    Douglas Brown
    Carl Brashear 1144k USNS Carl Brashear (T-AKE-7) launches into San Diego harbor during her christening and launching ceremony at General Dynamics NASSCO in San Diego, 18 September 2008.
    US Navy photo from MSC web site.
    TJ Tropia
    Carl Brashear 786k USNS Carl Brashear (T-AKE-7) slides into San Diego Bay during her christening and launching ceremony at General Dynamics NASSCO in San Diego, 18 September 2008. To the left of USNS Carl Brashear, still on the building ways, is USNS Wally Schirra (T-AKE-8).
    US Navy photo # 080918-N-7643B-081 SAN DIEGO (Sept. 18, 2008) USNS Carl Brashear (T-AKE 7) MC3 David A. Brandenburg.
    Robert M. Cieri and Douglas Brown
    Carl Brashear 1698k USNS Carl Brashear (T-AKE-7) launches into San Diego harbor during her christening and launching ceremony at General Dynamics NASSCO in San Diego, 18 September 2008.
    US Navy photo # 080918-N-7643B-093 SAN DIEGO (Sept. 18, 2008) USNS Carl Brashear (T-AKE 7) MC3 David A. Brandenburg.
    Robert M. Cieri and Douglas Brown
    Carl Brashear 1336k USNS Carl Brashear (T-AKE-7) fitting out at NASSCO, San Diego, CA., 7 March 2009. Photo by Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Carl Brashear 820k USNS Carl Brashear (T-AKE-7) moored at pier 27, at the foot of Telegraph Hill, San Francisco, CA., 11 April 2009. Photo by Capt. Jack C. Goldthorpe, USCG Ret.
    Carl Brashear 874k USNS Carl Brashear (T-AKE-7) moored at pier 27, at the foot of Telegraph Hill, San Francisco, CA., 11 April 2009.
    Photo taken from Telegraph Hill by Overcast75 (proper name unknown).
    Robert Hurst
    Carl Brashear 1746k USNS Carl Brashear (T-AKE-7) underway in San Diego Bay, 16 May 2009 Photo by Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Carl Brashear 392k CDR. H. B. Le, commanding officer of the guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG-82), instructs ENS. Maynard Malixi on how to steer the ship during an underway replenishment (UNREP) with USNS Carl Brashear (T-AKE-7).
    US Navy photo # 091106-N-1251W-034 PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 6, 2009) by MC2 Matthew R. White.
    Robert M. Cieri
    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.
    US Navy photo # 101025-N-7103C-016 PACIFIC OCEAN (Oct. 25, 2010) by MC3 David A. Cox.
    Lee Wahler
    Carl Brasher 777k USNS Carl Brashear (T-AKE-7) pulls alongside the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN-73) during a vertical replenishment. George Washington, the Navy's only permanently forward-deployed aircraft carrier, is underway helping to ensure security and stability in the western Pacific Ocean. Lee Wahler
    Carl Brasher 875k USNS Carl Brashear (T-AKE-7) during a vertical replenishment with the nuclear aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN-73) under way off the coast of the Korean peninsula, 2 December 2010. George Washington had completed a training exercise with the South Korean Navy.
    US Navy photo # 101202-N-SF508-224 PACIFIC OCEAN (Dec. 2, 2010 by MC3 Charles Oki.
    Ron Reeves
    Carl Brasher 603k USNS Carl Brashear (T-AKE-7) alongside the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG-54) during a replenishment at sea. Humanitarian aid supplies will be delivered to Sendai, Japan, in support of Operation Tomodachi.
    US Navy photo # 110324-N-8288P-467 PACIFIC OCEAN (March 24, 2011) by MC2 William Pittman.
    Ron Reeves
    Carl Brasher 1225k The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) approaches USNS Carl Brashear (T-AKE-7) in preparation for a replenishment at sea. Dwight D. Eisenhower is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.
    US Navy photo # 120801-N-NZ569-026 5th FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILTY (Aug. 1, 2012) by MC3 Tony Bloom.
    Lee Wahler
    Carl Brasher 155k Personnel from Navy Munitions Command CONUS West Division, Unit Seal Beach, prepare to offload a vertical-launch missile canister from USNS Carl Brashear (T-AKE-7) during ordnance operations in Long Beach Harbor.
    US Navy photo # 131120-N-YM863-232 LONG BEACH, Calif (Nov. 20, 2013) by MC1 Eli J. Medellin.
    Lee Wahler

    There is no DANFS history available for USNS Carl Brashear (T-AKE-7) 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
    USNS Carl Brashear (T-AKE-7)
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