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USAV GEN. Frank S. Besson, Jr (LSV-1)

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Gen. Frank S. Besson Jr. Class Logistics Supply Vessel:
  • Built at Moss Point Marine (VT Halter Marine, Inc.), Pascagoula, MS.
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Delivered, 19 September 1987
  • Commissioned USAV General Frank S. Besson, Jr (LSV-1) in 1988
  • Homeported at Fort Eustis, VA.
    Displacement 4,199 t.
    Length 273'
    Beam 60'
    Draft 12'
    Speed 12 kts
    Range 8,200 at 12.5 kts
    8 Officers
    23 Enlisted
    Cargo Capacity 2,000 short tons
    Largest Boom Capacity unknown
    Armament unknown
    Fuel Capacity unknown
    two Electro motive Diesel engines (EMD) 16-646E2 producing 1,950 horsepower each at 999rpm
    two shafts

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    General Frank S. Besson, Jr.
    General Frank S. Besson, Jr. CBE (May 30, 1910 – July 15, 1985) was the first Commander of the Army Materiel Command, formed in 1962. As the first AMC Commander, General Besson was charged with consolidating six Army technical service organizations into a single command without disrupting effective materiel support for the Army. His success resulted in his receiving the Merit Award of the Armed Forces Management Association in 1963. On May 27, 1964, 53-year-old Frank Besson became the 75th officer in the U.S. Army's 189-year history to wear the four stars of a full general. He was the first Army officer to achieve that rank as head of a logistical organization in peacetime.
    Tommy Trampp
    General Frank S. Besson, Jr. 30100102 175k US Army utility landing craft USAV Matamoros (LCU-2026) at left, and the US Army logistics support vessel USAV General Frank S. Besson, Jr. (LSV-1)> at right, pull into port at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (NAVSTA GTMO), 8 March 2010. Matamoros and General Frank S. Besson are at NAVSTA GTMO to support transportation of vehicles and equipment from the amphibious dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD-43). The vehicles and equipment on board Fort McHenry are being transported to the Windward Ferry Landing for an environmental wash down. The environmental wash down is a requirement for all materials which have been used overseas prior to re-entry into the United States. Fort McHenry, Matamoros and Frank.S. Besson have all been providing humanitarian relief support in Haiti as part of Operation Unified Response. Note at center the United States Coast Guard Cutter USCG Dallas (WHEC-716).
    US Navy photo # 100308-N-OH262-039 GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (Mar. 8 2010) by MCC Bill Mesta.
    Robert Hurst
    General Frank S. Besson, Jr.
    133k USAV General Frank S. Besson, Jr. (LSV-1) moored, 29 May 2010, location unknown.
    Photo taken by Darkhelmet322 licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 DEED Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported
    Robert Hurst
    General Frank S. Besson, Jr.
    274k UAV General Frank S. Besson Jr. (LSV-1) drops her bow ramp on the beach at Naval Amphibious Base NAB Little Creek, VA., 2 February 2005,during a training evolution. The prime mission of the ship is the direct transport and discharge of liquid and dry cargo to shallow terminal areas, to remote under-developed coastlines and on inland waterways. It is capable of carrying 2,280 tons of vehicles, including 26 M-1 Abrams tanks, containers or general cargo.
    U.S. Navy photo # 050205-N-0295M-016 by PH2 Daniel J. McLain.
    Tommy Trampp
    General Frank S. Besson, Jr.
    401k USAV General Frank S. Besson, Jr. (LSV-1) with Abrams tanks being loaded onto to the ship's 10,500 square-foot deck, date and location unknown.
    US Army Photo
    Tommy Trampp
    General Frank S. Besson, Jr.
    472k The American Flag waves in the breeze as USAV General Frank S. Besson Jr. (LSV-1) arrives in the Port of Savannah, GA., 11 April 2012, for a waterborne mission readiness exercise for “Maintainers” with 703rd Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division. The 10th Transportation Battalion, from Fort Eustis, VA., provided two ships for the two-day exercise, which tested the logistical soldiers on their ability to rapidly deploy personnel and equipment for whatever missions may arise in the future.
    U.S. Army photo # 120411-A-RV385-447 by Sgt. Mary Katzenberger.
    Robert Hurst
    General Frank S. Besson, Jr.
    124k USAV General Frank S. Besson Jr. (LSV-1) underway in Hanpton Roads, 11 July 2016.
    Photo from FLICKR by David Grindley
    John Spivey

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