National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO), a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics, delivered USNS Soderman (T-AKR 317) to the U.S. Navy. The Soderman is the eighth and final new construction ship completed by NASSCO under the U.S. Navy's Strategic Sealift Program.
The eight newbuilds were completed at NASSCO from 1993 to 2002 under the Navy's 20-ship Strategic Sealift Program. All of the ships were named for U.S. Army Medal of Honor recipients.
The USNS Soderman was named for Private First Class William A. Soderman, a World War II recipient of the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions in Belgium in 1944.
The sealift new construction ships are large, medium-speed, RoRo ships (LMSRs). The ships are assigned to the U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command, and are prepositioned to quickly deliver U.S. Army tanks, armored personnel carriers, tractor-trailers, and other equipment and supplies to potential areas of conflict around the world. The ships also can provide surge sealift support of remote military actions. Their multi-use capabilities make these cargo ships among the most flexible ever built.
The USNS Soderman is 950 ft. (289.5 m), has a beam of 105 ft. (32 m) and displaces approximately 62,000 long tons when fully loaded. The ship has over 390,000 square feet of cargo carrying space. The gas turbine-powered ship will be able to sustain speeds up to 24 knots when fully loaded.
The strategic sealift ships are the largest ships that can fit through the Panama Canal.
NASSCO is building two RoRos for Totem Ocean Trailer Express and has begun construction of the first of four double-hull tankers for BP. Vortmann added that NASSCO has also been awarded contracts to build the first three T-AKEs, a new, innovative class of dry cargo ammunition ships that will meet the Navy's logistics needs for the next 40 years.
both in commercial markets and government policies, here and abroad, commercial markets that have previously been relied upon to provide sealift, shipbuilding, and shiprepair assets required to fulfill national security objectives can no longer be relied upon to provide these assets." "
Six of the largest and fastest containerships in the U.S.-flag merchant fleet have been purchased by the Navy for use by the Military Sealift Command to enhance the strategic mobility capability of the armed forces. The Naval Sea Systems Command recently awarded a $207.5- million contract for the
. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) announced the lease of their first Theater Support for the Army from Bollinger/Incat USA. Military Sealift Command (MSC), Washington. D.C.. also announced a contract for a 322-ft. (98-m) craft from Bollinger/Incat USA. to support U.S. Navy Mine Warfare Comm
nautical miles at loaded displacement. It has a crew of six officers and 24 enlisted personnel. The Army contract was awarded by the Navy's Military Sealift Command and is being administered by the Navy's Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion, and Repair (SUPSHIPS) in Pascagoula, Miss. John Dane
The Navy's Military Sealift Command (MSC) has announced that it intends to procure on the open world market during FY 1986 up to six logistic support vehicles (SLV) from one or more offerers. If purchased from a foreign seller, the vessels must be reflagged and all conversion work performed in U.S.
The Department of Defense has announced that the Navy's Military Sealift Command, Atlantic, Bayonne, N.J., has awarded a $4,776,000 fixed-price contract to Savannah Machine and Shipyard Company, Savannah, Ga. The contract is for drydocking, a special survey by the American Bureau of Shipping
The Fast Sealift Ship (FSS) USNS Antares (T-AKR-294) was dedicated in ceremonies held recently at Avondale Shipyards, Inc. near New Orleans, and delivered to the Military Sealift Command about two weeks later. This is the first of three SL-7 containerships that Avondale is converting for the MSC.
Sealift is essential both to executing this country's forward defense strategy and to maintaining a wartime economy. The United States' national sealift objective is to ensure that sufficient military and civil maritime resources will be available to meet defense deployment, and essential economic
Dillingham Tug and Barge Corporation (DT&B), Honolulu, Hawaii, has been awarded a government contract by the Military Sealift Command, Washington, D.C., to provide tug and barge service between Honolulu, Johnston Island, and Eniwetok Atoll as part of the United States effort to restore living
The seventh and final Strategic Sealift ship in the Bob Hope Class was christened Benavidez in ceremonies at the Northrop Grumman Corporation Avondale shipyard on July 21, 2001. The new ship whose namesake honors of Medal of Honor recipient Army Master Sgt. Roy P. Benavidez, of Lindenau, Tex. is a
The Navy's Military Sealift Command has awarded a fixed-price contract totaling $30,709,896 to Bay Tankers, Inc., One Chase Manhattan Plaza, New York, N.Y., for the operation and maintenance of four T-AKR Fast Sealift Ships. Two of the ships will be based in Violet, La., one in Bayonne, N.J., and the
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