|USNS Watkins (T-AKR-315)|
|Ordered:||23 May 1997|
|Builder:||National Steel and Shipbuilding Company|
|Laid down:||24 August 1999|
|Launched:||28 July 2000|
|In service:||2 March 2001|
|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.
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.
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