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US Navy Takes Delivery of USNS Matthew Perry from NASSCO

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General Dynamics NASSCO
: 25 February, 2010  (Application Story)
Cargo and Fuel vessel leaves General Dynamics NASSCO’s San Diego shipyard for delivery to the US Navy
General Dynamics NASSCO has delivered USNS Matthew Perry (T-AKE 9) to the US Navy. The ship is named in honour of Commodore Matthew Perry (1794-1858), the US Navy officer who established American trade with Japan in the mid-19th century. NASSCO began construction of USNS Matthew Perry in April 2008. The 689-foot-long supply ship will serve under the Navy's Military Sealift Command.

The ship is capable of delivering almost 10,000 tons of dry cargo and petroleum products at one time to US Navy and allied ships underway at sea.

Including the Matthew Perry, NASSCO has delivered nine T-AKEs, which are also known as Lewis and Clark-class ships. Later this week, NASSCO will host a christening and launch ceremony for the tenth ship of the class, USNS Charles Drew. In addition, the San Diego shipyard is now building the eleventh and twelfth Lewis and Clark-class ships, and soon expects to receive a Navy contract for the final two ships of the class, T-AKE 13 and 14.
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