USNS Alan Shepard (T-AKE-3)
|Name:||USNS Alan Shepard|
|Awarded:||16 July 2002|
|Builder:||National Steel and Shipbuilding|
|Laid down:||14 February 2006|
|Launched:||6 December 2006|
|In service:||26 June 2007|
|Status:||in active service|
|Class and type:||Lewis and Clark-class cargo ship|
|Propulsion:||Integrated propulsion and ship service electrical system, with generation at 6.6 kV by FM/MAN B&W diesel generators; one fixed pitch propeller; bow thruster|
|Speed:||20 knots (37 km/h)|
|Complement:||49 military, 123 civilian|
|Nulka decoy launchers|
|Aircraft carried:||two helicopters, either Sikorsky MH-60S Knighthawk or Aerospatiale Puma|
The contract to build it was awarded to National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO) of San Diego, on 16 July 2002. Construction began on 13 September 2005. It was launched 6 December 2006, sponsored by Laura Churchley, daughter of RAdm. Shepard. It is scheduled to be part of the Pacific Fleet.
- "USNS Alan Shepard (T-AKE 3)". Naval Vessel Register. United States Navy. 29 June 2007. Retrieved 2008-05-13.
- "Navy to Christen USNS Alan Shepard". Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs), U.S. Dept. of Defense. 6 December 2006. Archived from the original on 14 June 2007. Retrieved 13 May 2008.