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USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE-10)


Lewis and Clark Class Dry Cargo/Ammunition Ship:
  • Laid down, 18 March 2009, at National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, San Diego, CA.
  • Launch and Christened, 27 February 2010
  • Delivered to the US Navy, 14 July 2010 in the third quarter of 2010
    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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    Charles Drew 139k
    Namesake

    USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE-10) - Dr. Charles Drew, an African-American physician who pioneered blood storage in the blood transfusion research field.
    Bill Gonyo
    Charles Drew 96k USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE-10) National Steel and Shipbuilding Company cachet. Ron Reeves
    Charles Drew 312k USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE-10) on the builders ways at General Dynamics NASSCO, date unknown.
    General Dynamics NASSCO photo.
    Bill Gonyo
    Charles Drew 182k
    Charles Drew 1270k USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE-10) outbound to sea to undergo sea trials, June 18, 2010 off the coast of San Diego. MSC accepted Drew - the 10th ship in the Navy's newest class of logistics ships - from its builder General Dynamics NASSCO, 14 July 2010.
    General Dynamics NASSCO photo.
    Lee Wahler
    Charles Drew 254k USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE-10) docked at NAS North Island, 1 March 2011.
    Photo by Compulov (real name unknown) from the deck of the MV Lord Hornblower.
    Robert Hurst
    Charles Drew 1478k USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE-10) returns to Naval Base San Diego.
    US Navy photo # 110307-N-ZC343-318 SAN DIEGO (March 7, 2011) by MCC Joe Kane.
    Lee Wahler
    Charles Drew 136k An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC-120 makes an approach to USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE-10) during a vertical replenishment with the nuclear aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72).
    US Navy photo # 111001-N-TU221-037 PACIFIC OCEAN (Oct. 1, 2011) by MC3 Travis K. Mendoza.
    Lee Wahler
    Charles Drew 535k The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Momsen (DDG-92) is alongside USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE-10) during a refueling at sea.
    US Navy photo # 120119-N-OY799-229 ARABIAN SEA (Jan. 19, 2012) by MC3 Kenneth Abbate.
    Lee Wahler
    Charles Drew 167k An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Golden Falcons of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC-12) transports supplies from USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE-10) to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), not pictured, during a replenishment at sea. Abraham Lincoln 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 # 120412-N-JY929-007 ARABIAN SEA (April 12, 2012) by MC3 Wade T. Oberlin.
    Lee Wahler
    Charles Drew 1054k An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Golden Falcons of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC-12) transports cargo from USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE-10) to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), not pictured, during a replenishment at sea. Abraham Lincoln 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 # 120508-N-JN664-033 ARABIAN GULF (May 8, 2012) by MCSA Karolina A. Martinez.
    Lee Wahler
    Charles Drew 880k The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Sterett (DDG-104), bottom, USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE-10) and the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG-71) conduct a replenishment at sea. Sterett and Cape St. George are deployed as part of the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group 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 # 120524-N-XO959-121 ARABIAN SEA (May 24, 2012) by MC3 Amanda L. Kilpatrick.
    Ron Reeves
    Charles Drew 354k USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE-10) transits alongside the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN-73) during a replenishment-at-sea. George Washington and her embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing Five (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 Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
    US Navy photo # 131124-N-IP531-106 PHILIPPINE SEA (Nov. 23, 2013) by MCSN Chris Cavagnaro.
    Ron Reeves

    There is no DANFS history available for USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE-10) at NavSource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest

    USNS Charles Drew Coat of Arms
    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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