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USNS Medgar Evers (T-AKE-13)
USNS Medgar Evers announcement
US Navy illustration
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Namesake: Medgar Evers[1]
Builder: National Steel and Shipbuilding[2]
Laid down: 26 October 2010[3]
Launched: 29 October 2011[4]
Sponsored by: Myrlie Evers-Williams
Christened: 12 November 2011[5]
In service: 24 April 2012
Status: Active service
Badge: USNS Medgar Evers T-AKE-13 Crest
General characteristics
Class & type: Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo ship
Displacement: 23,852 tons light,
40,298 tons full,
16,446 tons dead[2][3]
Length: 210 m (689 ft) overall,
199.3 m (654 ft) waterline[2][3]
Beam: 32.3 m (106 ft) extreme,
32.3 m (106 ft) waterline[2][3]
Draft: 9.1 m (30 ft) maximum,
9.4 m (31 ft) limit[2][3]
Installed power: FM/MAN B&W diesel generators[2][3]
Propulsion: Integrated propulsion and 6.6 kV ship service electrical system
1 × fixed pitch propeller
1 × bow thruster[2][3]
Speed: 20 kn (37 km/h)
Range: 14,000 nmi (26,000 km) at 20 kn (37 km/h)[3]
Capacity: Max dry cargo weight: 5,910 long tons (6,000 t)
Max dry cargo volume: 783,000 cu ft (22,200 m3)
Max cargo fuel weight:2,350 long tons (2,390 t)
Cargo fuel volume: 18,000 imp bbl (2,900 m3)
(DFM: 10,500) (JP5:7,500)
Troops: 36 military, 13 for helicopter detachment[3]
Complement: 36 military, 123 civilian[2]
Crew: 126[3]
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
Nulka decoy launchers
Armament: 2–6 × 12.7 mm machine guns
or 7.62 mm medium machine guns
Aircraft carried: 2 × helicopters, either Sikorsky MH-60S Knighthawk or Aerospatiale Super Puma
Aviation facilities: 1 helipad

USNS Medgar Evers (T-AKE-13) is a Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo ship of the United States Navy, named in honor of World War II veteran[6][7] and civil rights activist Medgar Evers (1925–63). The Navy announced the naming on 9 October 2009.[1] National Steel and Shipbuilding Company started construction on 15 April 2010,[8] and laid her keel on 26 October 2010 in San Diego.[3][9] Gina Buzby, wife of Rear Admiral Mark Buzby, MSC commander, was the keel-laying ceremony honoree.[8] Medgar Evers was launched on 29 October 2011, and christened on 12 November, sponsored by Evers' widow, Myrlie Evers-Williams.[4] Military Sealift Command accepted delivery of Medgar Evers on 24 April 2012.[10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Navy Names Ship After Civil Rights Activist Medgar Evers". 9 October 2009. NNS091009-16. http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=48880. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 "Medgar Evers". http://www.nvr.navy.mil/nvrships/details/ake13.htm. Retrieved 2011-11-12. 
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 Priolo, Gary P. (17 December 2010). "USNS Medgar Evers (T-AKE-13)". Service Ship Photo Archive. NavSource Naval History. http://www.navsource.org/archives/09/75/7513.htm. Retrieved 2011-11-12. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 Robbins, Gary (12 November 2011). "Medgar Evers' widow christens Navy ship". http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2011/nov/12/medgar-evers-widow-christens-navy-ship-his-name/. 
  5. "Navy launching USNS Medgar Evers on Sat.". New England Business Media. 11 November 2011. http://www.hartfordbusiness.com/news21427.html. 
  6. "Medgar Evers". The University of Mississippi English Department. 2008. http://www.olemiss.edu/mwp/dir/evers_medgar/index.html. Retrieved 2011-11-12. 
  7. Department of Defense Public Affairs. "New T-AKE named for Civil Rights activist". Washington Navy Yard, DC. http://www.msc.navy.mil/sealift/2009/November/evers.htm. Retrieved 2011-11-12. 
  8. 8.0 8.1 "T-AKE 13: USNS Medgar Evers Photo Gallery". http://www.nassco.com/news-center/galleries/usn-dc/take13-gallery.html. Retrieved 2011-11-12. 
  9. "General Dynamics NASSCO Lays Keel of Future USNS Medgar Evers (T-AKE 13)". General Dynamics NASSCO. 26 October 2010. http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/general-dynamics-nassco-lays-keel-of-future-usns-medgar-evers-t-ake-13-105800098.html. 
  10. Mitchell, Jerry (12 November 2011). "Christening of Navy ship gives Evers' widow peace". http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20111113/NEWS/111130348/Christening-Navy-ship-gives-Evers-widow-peace?odyssey=tab. 


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