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General Dynamics - Construction of twelfth T-AKE ship starts

General Dynamics : 23 September, 2009  (Company News)
General Dynamics NASSCO has started the construction of the future USNS William McLean, the twelfth ship of the U.S. Navy's T-AKE program.
The William McLean is named in honor of the Navy physicist who conceived and developed the heat-seeking Sidewinder missile. The ship is scheduled to be delivered to the Navy in the third quarter of 2011.

The T-AKE ship incorporates international marine technologies and commercial
ship-design features, including an integrated electric-drive propulsion system to minimize operating costs over its projected 40-year service life.

The primary mission of T-AKE ships is to deliver as much as 10,000 tons of
food, ammunition, fuel and other provisions to combat ships at sea. NASSCO
has delivered the first eight T-AKEs, which are also known as Lewis and
Clark-class ships. The shipyard also has construction contracts for four
additional T-AKEs and long-lead material contracts for two more ships for a
total class of 14 ships.
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