|USNS Watkins (T-AKR-315)|
23 May 1997|
National Steel and Shipbuilding Company|
24 August 1999|
28 July 2000|
2 March 2001|
|General characteristics |
|Class & type:||
Watson-class vehicle cargo ship|
USNS Watkins (T-AKR-315) is one of Military Sealift Command's nineteen Large, Medium-Speed Roll-on/Roll-off Ships and is part of the 33 ships in the Prepositioning Program. She is a Watson-class vehicle cargo ship.
She was named for Master Sergeant Travis E. Watkins, a Medal of Honor recipient.
Laid down on 24 August 1999 and launched on 28 July 2000, Watkins was put into service in the Pacific Ocean on 2 March 2001.
According to The Guardian the human rights group Reprieve identified the Watkins and sixteen other USN vessels as having held "ghost prisoners" in clandestine extrajudicial detention.
Duncan Campbell, Richard Norton-Taylor (2 June 2008). "Prison ships, torture claims, and missing detainees". The Guardian. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/jun/02/terrorism.terrorism. Retrieved 2008-06-01. mirror
- This article includes information collected from the Naval Vessel Register, which, as a U.S. government publication, is in the public domain. The entry can be found here.