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USNS Washington Chambers (T-AKE-11)


Lewis and Clark Class Dry Cargo/Ammunition Ship:
  • Laid down, 26 August 2009, at General Dynamics NASSCO San Diego, CA.
  • Launch and Christening, 11 September 2010
  • Delivered, 23 February 2011, to the Navy's Military Sealift Command (MSC)
    Specifications:
    Displacement 35,400 long tons (fl.)
    Length 689 feet
    Beam 106 feet
    Draft 29.5 feet
    Speed 20 knots
    Range 14,000 nautical miles at 20 knots
    Complement
    104 CivMar
    11 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

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    Washington Chambers 88k
    Namesake
    Washington Chambers

    CDR. Washington Irving Chambers (1856-1934), a pioneer in naval aviation. Responsible for the Navy's nascent aviation activities, Chambers arranged the world's first airplane flight from a warship. The Nov. 14, 1910, flight by aviator Eugene Ely on the light cruiser the USS Birmingham (CL-2) confirmed the potential of carrier-based naval aviation.
    Fabio Peņa
    Washington Chambers 425k Christening and launching of USNS Washington Chambers (T-AKE-11), 11 September 2010, at General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard San Diego, CA.
    US Navy photo # 100911-N-2-2723B-009 by Sarah Burford, Military Sealift Command Public Affairs
    Bill Woods
    Washington Chambers 78k USNS Washington Chambers (T-AKE-11) enters the water for the first time as she is launched at General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard San Diego, CA., 11 September 2010.
    Photo by Carolyn Ivy Stein.
    Robert Hurst
    Washington Chambers 4701k USNS Washington Chambers (T-AKE-11) exits San Diego Bay to complete her sea trials before delivery to the Military Sealift Command (MSC) on 23 February 2011.
    110126-N-XXXXW-001 SAN DIEGO (Jan. 26, 2011) courtesy General Dynamics NASSCO.
    Lee Wahler
    Washington Chambers 1910k USNS Washington Chambers (T-AKE-11) being assisted by tugs while transiting San Diego Harbor.
    110629-N-IE539-237 SAN DIEGO (June 29, 2011) US Navy photo
    Lee Wahler
    Washington Chambers 552k USNS Washington Chambers (T-AKE-11) transits Pearl Harbor during the opening phases of the integrated maritime exercise Koa Kai. Washington Chambers is participating in Koa Kai with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force helicopter destroyer JS Kurama (DDH-144) to prepare independent deployers in multiple warfare areas and to provide training in a multi-ship environment.
    US Navy photo # 111110-N-RI884-013 PEARL HARBOR (Nov. 10, 2011) by MC2 Daniel Barker.
    Lee Wahler
    Washington Chambers 712k USNS Washington Chambers (T-AKE-11) refuels the guided-missile destroyer USS Chafee (DDG-90) during Koa Kai.
    US Navy photo # 111112-N-WX059-340 PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 12, 2011) by MCSN Sean Furey.
    Lee Wahler
    Washington Chambers 219k USNS Washington Chambers (T-AKE-11) arrives in Thailand supporting Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise Thailand 2013. More than 1,200 Sailors and Marines are participating in CARAT Thailand. CARAT is a series of bilateral military exercises between the U.S. Navy and the armed forces of Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Timor Leste.
    US Navy photo # 130603-N-YU572-070 CHUK SAMAET, Thailand (June 3, 2013) by MC1 Jay C. Pugh.
    Lee Wahler
    Washington Chambers 227k Sailors from the Royal Thai Navy watch as USNS Washington Chambers (T-AKE-11) arrives to participate in Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) 2013.
    US Navy photo # 130603-N-RG360-113 CHUK SAMET (June 3, 2013) by MC2 Melissa K. Russell.
    Lee Wahler
    Washington Chambers 255k USNS Washington Chambers (T-AKE-11) prepares to launch one of three BQM-74 targeting drones from its flight deck during a live-fire missile exercise, part of the at-sea phase of exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Thailand 2013.
    US Navy photo # 130608-N-AX577-067 GULF OF THAILAND (June 8, 2013) by MC1 Patrick Dille.
    Lee Wahler
    Washington Chambers 227k USNS Washington Chambers (T-AKE-11) conducts a replenishment-at-sea with the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell (DDG-85). McCampbell is on patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
    US Navy photo # 140131-N-IP531-342 PACIFIC OCEAN (Jan. 31, 2014) by MC3 Chris Cavagnaro.
    Lee Wahler
    Washington Chambers 224k USNS Washington Chambers (T-AKE-11) transits near the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA-5), not shown, while conducting a vertical replenishment in the Philippine Sea while participating in "Amphibious Landing Exercise 2015".
    US Navy photo # 141006-N-HU377-112 PHILIPPINE SEA (Oct. 6, 2014) by MC3 Dustin Knight.
    Robert Hurst
    Washingto Chambers 268k GMSN Antwon Thompson, fires a shot line from a modified M-14 rifle from the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Stethem (DDG-63) to USNS Washington Chambers (T-AKE-11). Stethem is on patrol with the George Washington Carrier Strike Group supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
    US Navy photo # 141106-N-UN259-082 PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 6, 2014) by MCSN Alonzo M. Archer.
    Lee Wahler
    Washington Chambers 195k An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25 returns to USNS Washington Chambers (T-AKE-11), in the background, after depositing supplies on the flight deck of the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6), not pictured, during a replenishment-at-sea.
    US Navy photo # 150311-N-UF697-039 EAST CHINA SEA (March 11, 2015) by MC3 Kevin V. Cunningham.
    Ron Reeves
    Ashland 293k The Whidbey Island-class amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD-48) and the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) participate in a replenishment-at-sea with USNS Pecos (T-AO-197). Also in the photo is USNS Washington Chambers (T-AKE-11). Bonhomme Richard and Ashland are a part of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group are conducting an amphibious integration training exercise.
    US Navy photo # 150311-N-RU971-135 EAST CHINA SEA (March 11, 2015) by MC3 Cameron McCulloch.
    Lee Wahler
    Washington Chambers 186k USNS Washington Chambers (T-AKE-11) delivers supplies to the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) during a replenishment-at-sea. Bonhomme Richard is the lead ship of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU), is underway in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 150324-N-UF697-077 EAST CHINA SEA (March 24, 2015) by MC3 Kevin V. Cunningham.
    Lee Wahler
    Washington Chambers 895k USNS Washington Chambers (T-AKE-11) at anchor at Sasebo, Japan as civilian contractors from Naval Munitions Command, Sasebo, transport ordnance and ammunition off the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6).
    US Navy photo # 150409-N-UF697-024 SASEBO HARBOR, Japan (April 9, 2015) by MC3 Kevin V. Cunningham.
    Lee Wahler
    Washington Chambers 1452k The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG-54), steams astern and and to port of, USNS Washington Chambers (T-AKE-11) as the dry cargo and ammunition ship transits alongside the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN-73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, are on patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
    US Navy photo # 150525-N-EH855-886 PHILIPPINE SEA (May 25, 2015) by MCSN Bryan Mai.
    Lee Wahler
    Washington Chambers 1630k An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter from the Golden Falcons of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 12 delivers supplies from the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN-73) to USNS Washington Chambers (T-AKE-11) during a replenishment-at-sea. George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, are on patrol in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. George Washington will conduct a hull-swap with the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) later this year after serving seven years as the US Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier in Yokosuka, Japan.
    US Navy photo # 150724-N-EH855-280 PHILIPPINE SEA (July 24, 2015) by MC3 Bryan Mai.
    Lee Wahler
    Washington Chambers 181k ENS. Brandy Allain records the course and speed of Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship USS Rushmore (LSD-47) as the ship maneuvers into position for an underway replenishment with USNS Washington Chambers (T-AKE-11). Rushmore is part of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (15th MEU), is currently operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 151126-N-SF984-028 PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 26, 2015) by MC3 Chelsea Troy Milburn.
    Lee Wahler
    Bonhomme Richard 221k USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6), middle, conducts a replenishment- at-sea with USNS Washington Chambers (T-AKE-11), right, and the fleet replenishment oiler USNS Walter S. Diehl (T-AO-193) in the South China Sea.
    US Navy Photo # 161003-N-QC631-126 SOUTH CHINA SEA (Oct. 2, 2016) by MC3 Gerald Dudley Reynolds
    Robert Hurst
    Washington Chambers 390k USNS Washington Chambers (T-AKE-11), left, conducts a vertical replenishment (VERTREP) with amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6), while amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD-20) conducts a fueling at sea with fleet replenishment oiler USNS Walter S. Diehl (T-AO-193).
    US Navy photo (MSC) # 161003-N-TH560-391 Hong Kong (3 October 2016) by MC3 Jeanette Mullinax.
    Lee Wahler

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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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