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USNS Cesar Chavez (T-AKE-14)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Charlie - Charlie - Zulu
Lewis and Clark Class Dry Cargo/Ammunition Ship:
  • Laid down, 10 May 2011, at General Dynamics NASSCO, San Diego, CA.
  • Launch and Christened, 5 May 2012
  • Scheduled completion date fourth quarter of 2012
  • Accepted by the US Navy's Military Sealift Command, 25 October 2014
    Displacement 41,000 long tons (fl.)
    Length 689 feet
    Beam 106 feet
    Draft 29.5 feet
    53 CivMar
    36 Military + 13 for helicopter detachment
    Landing/Attack Craft: Air Cap two VERTREP capable helicopters
    Armament none
    Cargo Capacities
    Dry Cargo 6,675 tons
    Refrigerated stores 1,716 tons
    Cargo Fuel 18,000 bbls
    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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    Cesar Chavez
    A photo illustration of the Military Sealift Command dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Cesar Chavez (T-AKE 14). Chavez served in the Navy from 1944-1946 and became a civil rights activist and a leader in the American labor movement. Cesar Chavez will serve as a combat logistics force ship delivering ammunition, food, fuel and other dry cargo to U.S. and allied ships at sea.
    US Navy photo illustration 110512-N-DX698-001 WASHINGTON (May 12, 2011) by Mass Communication Specialist Jay M. Chu.
    Lee Wahler
    Cesar Chavez 1098k Service members and civilians gather to watch the Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo ship USNS Cesar Chavez (T-AKE-14) be christened and launched at General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Company's shipyard in San Diego. The mission of the Cesar Chavez is to deliver food, ammunition, fuel and other provisions to strike groups and other naval forces at sea.
    US Navy photo # 120507-N-SH505-005 SAN DIEGO (May 5, 2012) by MCSN Jasmine Sheard.
    Lee Wahler
    Cesar Chavez 1034k USNS Cesar Chavez (T-AKE-14) launching at General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Company's shipyard, San Diego, 5 May 2012.
    US Navy photo
    Lee Wahler
    Cesar Chavez 183k USNS Cesar Chavez (T-AKE-14) transfers cargo with an SA-330J Puma helicopter during a replenishment-at-sea with the guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG-87). Mason is deployed as part of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 131106-N-PW661-011 RED SEA (Nov. 6, 2013) by MC2 Rob Aylward.
    Lee Wahler
    Cesar Chavez
    140403-N-CO162-110 PACIFIC OCEAN (April 3, 2014)
    197k Sailors and Military Sealift Command civilian mariners aboard submarine tender USS Frank Cable (AS-40) keep an eye on the phone and distance line during an underway replenishment USNS Cesar Chavez (T-AKE-14). This was the first underway replenishment for Frank Cable in ten years and demonstrates the ship's capability for sustained at-sea operations. Frank Cable, forward deployed to Guam, conducts maintenance and repair on submarine and surface vessels deployed in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility and is on a scheduled underway period.
    US Navy photo #s
    140403-N-CO162-110 PACIFIC OCEAN (April 3, 2014) by MC2 Christopher Salisbury and 140403-N-AY759-109 PACIFIC OCEAN (April 3, 2014) by MCSS Jason Morris.
    Lee Wahler
    Cesar Chavez
    140403-N-AY759-109 PACIFIC OCEAN (April 3, 2014)
    Cesar Chavez 180k USNS Cesar Chavez (T-AKE-14) launches a drone during a Northrop-Grumman BQM-74E Chukar drone while exercising with the US Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN-73).
    US Navy photo 140914-N-TE278-055 WATERS NEAR GUAM (Sept. 14, 2014) by MC2 Paolo Bayas.
    Lee Wahler
    Cesar Chavez 216k An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC-21) maneuvers toward USNS Cesar Chavez (T-AKE-14) during a vertical replenishment with the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA-5), not pictured.
    US Navy photo 141219-N-EH218-564 PACIFIC OCEAN (Dec. 19, 2014) by MC Ryan J. Batchelder.
    Ron Reeves
    Cesar Chavez 374k USNS Cesar Chavez (T-AKE-14) conducts a replenishment at sea with the Australian frigate HMAS Toowoomba (FFH 156 in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility April 12, 2014, in support of the international effort to locate Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. U.S. Navy ships and aircraft were dispatched to assist a multinational search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared March 8, 2014, over the Gulf of Thailand with 239 people aboard
    US Navy photo # 140412-N-ZZ999-020 Gulf of Thailand
    Robert Hurst
    Cesar Chavez 119k USNS Cesar Chavez (T-AKE-14) refuels the Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Toowoomba (FFH-156), left, and the multi-product replenishment oiler HMAS Success (OR-304) during an underway replenishment in the southern Indian Ocean, 2015. The U.S. and Australian navies are supporting the multination search for a missing Malaysian Airlines passenger aircraft.
    US Navy photo by ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez.
    Robert Hurst
    Cesar Chavez 969k An MH-60S Sea Hawk attached to the Chargers of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC-14) retrieves ammunition from USNS Cesar Chavez (T-AKE-14) during a vertical replenishment for the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74). John C. Stennis is preparing for the Navy's board of inspection and survey.
    US Navy photo 150712-N-XX566-241 PACIFIC OCEAN (July 12, 2015) by MC3 Andre T. Richard.
    Lee Wahler
    Cesar Chavez 140k USNS Cesar Chavez (T-AKE-14) conducts a vertical replenishment-at-sea with the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG-65) by way of an An MH-60S Sea Hawk attached to the Island Knights of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC-25). Benfold is forward-deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.
    US Navy photo 181009-N-WM647-3017 EAST CHINA SEA (Oct. 9, 2018) by MC2 Elesia Patten.
    Lee Wahler
    Cesar Chavez 210k The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Oklahoma City (SSN-723) moors next to USNS Cesar Chavez (T-AKE-14) during an exercise in Apra Harbor, March 11, 2019. The exercise aims to assess the capabilities of USNS vessels to service submarines while in port and underway
    US Navy photo 190311-N-ZU404-0254 APRA HARBOR, Guam (March 11, 2019) by MC2 Jordyn Diomede/
    Lee Wahler

    USNS Cesar Chavez (T-AKE-14)
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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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