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USNS GYSGT Fred W. Stockham (T-AK-3017)
USNS Soderman (T-AKR-299) (1998 - 2001)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Uniform - Juliet - Romeo
Maritime Prepositioning Force Containers, RO/RO and LMSR Ship:
  • Built as MV Lica Maersk at Lindovaerftet, Odense, Denmark, delivered for commercial service circa 1980
  • Lengthened by Hyundai in 1987
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 11 November 1997
  • Converted for MSC service at National Steel and Ship Building Co., San Diego, CA.
  • Placed in service in 1998, under the direction of the Military Sealift Command (MSC) as USNS Soderman (T-AKR-299), operated by Bay State Management Inc.
  • Placed out of service in 2000 for upgrading
  • Placed in service as GYSGT Fred W. Stockham (T-AK-3017), 1 March 2001
  • GYSGT Fred W. Stockham (T-AK-3017) is one of the Military Sealift Command's Maritime Prepositioning Ships and is assigned to Maritime Prepositioning Program Squadron Two which operates out of Diego Garcia
    GYSGT Fred W. Stockham (T-AK-3017) Specifications:
    Displacement 32,589 t.(lt) 54,298 t.(fl)
    Length 907'
    Beam 106'
    Draft 36' (max)
    Speed 22 kts.
    Armament none
    Aircraft helicopter platform only
    29 Civilian Mariners
    50 Military
    one Burmeister & Wain 12L90 GFCA Diesel
    single shaft
    bow and stern thrusters

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    USNS Soderman (T-AKR-299)
    Soderman 57k Ex-MV Lica Maersk during conversion for Naval service at National Steel and Shipbuilding, San Diego, CA., circa 1997-98. Photo by Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Soderman 60k USNS Soderman (T-AKR-299) underway, date and location unknown
    US Navy photo.
    Global Security web site
    Soderman 58k USNS Soderman (T-AKR-299) approaching a pier, date and location unknown
    US Navy photo.
    Global Security web site
    Soderman 356k A US Army Humvee is the first vehicle to roll off USNS Soderman (T-AKR-299) at Rijeka, Croatia, on Aug. 23, 1998. Soderman, one of the US Navy's large, medium-speed, roll-on/roll-off ships, is off-loading 29 helicopters and hundreds of vehicles and containers in support of the US Army 1st Cavalry Division deployment to Bosnia and Herzegovina for Operation Joint Forge. This is the first time a port in the former Republic of Yugoslavia is being used to off-load heavy combat equipment in support of NATO peacekeeping forces in the region. The 1st Cavalry is deployed from Fort Hood, Texas.
    US Air Force Photo # 980823-F-0881Z-501 by Staff Sgt. Lisa M. Zunzanyika-Carpenter, USAF.
    Robert Hurst
    USNS GYSGT Fred W. Stockham (T-AK-3017)
    GYSGT Fred W. Stockham 111k USNS GYSGT Fred W. Stockham (T-AK-3017) departs Norfolk, VA., for Jacksonville, FL. in July 2001.
    US Navy, MSC photo.
    Robert Hurst
    GYSGT Fred W. Stockham 1657k USNS GYSGT Fred W. Stockham (T-AK-3017) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy file photo # 080624-N-0000X-001.
    Lee Wahler
    GYSGT Fred W. Stockham 129k Marines assigned to Combat Logistics Battalion 4 offload tactical vehicles from USNS GYSGT. Fred W. Stockham (T-AK-3017) during Exercise Cobra Gold, at Laem Chabang International Terminal, Thailand. The exercise is in its 36th iteration, focusing on humanitarian civic action, community engagement, and medical activities to support the needs and humanitarian interest of civilian populations around the region.
    US Marine Corps photo # 170211-M-AR450-1008 LAEM CHABANG, Thailand (Feb. 11, 2017) by Cpl. Wesley Timm.
    Lee Wahler

    USNS GYSGT Fred W. Stockham (T-AK-3017)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Private First Class William A. Soderman United States Army Medal of Honor Citation
    Private First Class William A. Soderman United States Army Medal of Honor Citation
    GYSGT Fred W. Stockham United States Marine Corps Medal of Honor Citation
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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