The U.S. Navy accepted supply of the lead ship of its new class of fleet replenishment oilers, USNS John Lewis (T-AO 205), July 26. T-AO 205’s supply follows the completion of Acceptance Trials with the U.S. Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey to check the readiness and functionality of the craft and to validate necessities. The 742- foot lengthy vessel is designed to switch gasoline to U.S. Navy provider strike group ships working at sea, the oilers will function the capability to hold 157,000 barrels of oil, a big dry cargo capability, aviation functionality and as much as a pace of 20 knots.

“USNS John Lewis will present a lot wanted functionality to the fleet as the first gasoline pipeline at sea,” stated John Lighthammer, program supervisor, Auxiliary and Particular Mission Shipbuilding Program Workplace. “That is the primary of a 20-ship class offering the Sailors and service provider mariners one other instrument to assist at-sea operations.”


U.S. Navy Replenishment Oiler USNS John Lewis (T-AO 205)

The brand new John Lewis-class T-AOs shall be operated by Army Sealift Command to supply diesel gasoline and lubricating oil, and small portions of recent and frozen provisions, shops, and potable water to Navy ships at sea, and jet gasoline for plane. The brand new T-AOs will add capability to the Navy’s Fight Logistics Drive and turn into the cornerstone of the gasoline supply system. PEO Ships is chargeable for executing the event and procurement of all destroyers, amphibious ships, particular mission and assist ships, boats and craft

NASSCO is at the moment in manufacturing on USNS Harvey Milk (T-AO 206), USNS Earl Warren (T-AO 207), and USNS Robert F. Kennedy (T-AO 208). The longer term USNS Lucy Stone (T-AO 209) and USNS Sojourner Fact (T-AO 210) are beneath contract. NASSCO is the biggest shipyard on the West Coast of the US conducting design, new building and restore of ships. Up to now decade, NASSCO delivered greater than 30 ocean-going ships to authorities and business customers—together with the world’s first LNG-powered containerships and a number of other different lead ships.