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and John Glenn (T-ESD-2), are built on plenishment oilers (T-AOs) and the 14, to Maritime Prepositioning Ship squad-

Direct Fleet Support a commercial tanker design, and provide MSC operates combat logistics force 689-foot dry cargo/ammunition ships rons). The Navy is planning a new class the ability to transfer material from large (CLF ships to deliver fuel, ammunition (T-AKEs). The 15 The Henry J. Kaiser- of 17 ? eet oilers. The John Lewis (TAO- prepositioning ships to connectors such and supplies directly to the ? eet at sea. class T-AOs can carry 180,000 bbls of 205) class oiler, previously known as the as LCAC for further movement to the Multi-product fast combatant support fuel. The 12 41,000-ton Lewis and Clark TAO(X) program, is a program to build a beach. USS Lewis B. Puller (ESB-3) ships (T-AOEs) can sustain a carrier T-AKEs carry ammunition, food, 23,450 new class of 17 ? eet oilers for the Navy. and sister ship Hershel “Woody” Wil- strike group at sea, and keep up with bbls of fuel, repair parts and ship store The TAO-205 class ship was procured in liams (T-ESB-4) are expeditionary mo- items (two of the T-AKEs are assigned FY2016.

them. Other CLF ships include ? eet re- bile bases (ESBs, formerly a? oat for- ward staging bases (AFSBs)), based on the ESD but at 87,000 tons fully loaded are heavier, that can support mine coun- termeasures operations and Special

Forces units. Both the ESD and ESB are built by General Dynamics NASSCO in

San Diego.


The Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF) was originally conceived as a joint

Army and Navy program to provide in- tra-theater lift, but today EPF is demon- strating its value for highly specialized operational support assignments from

ISR, support of unmanned systems and theater security cooperation. Built by

Austal USA in Mobile, Ala., the diesel- powered 2,400-ton EPF is 338 ft. long with a beam of 95 ft., and can carry the load equivalent to 10 C-130 aircraft. s

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