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 her was awarded to National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO) of San Diego, on 16 July 2002. Construction began on 13 September 2005. She was launched on 6 December 2006, sponsored by Laura Churchley, daughter of RAdm. Shepard. She 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.