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For other ships named after Commodore Perry, see USS Perry.

USNS Matthew Perry (T-AKE-9) is a Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo ship of the United States Navy, named in honor of Commodore Matthew C. Perry (1794–1858), who led the effort to open Japan to trade with the West.[2]

USNS Matthew Perry (T-AKE-9)
USNS Matthew Perry
History
Awarded: 30 January 2006
Builder: National Steel and Shipbuilding
Laid down: 3 October 2008
Launched: 16 August 2009
Sponsored by: Hester G. Evans
Christened: 16 August 2009
Acquired: 24 February 2010[1]
Identification:
Status: in active service
General characteristics
Class and type: Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo ship
Displacement:
  • 23,852 tons light,
  • 40,298 tons full,
  • 16,446 tons dead
Length:
  • 210 m (689 ft) overall,
  • 199.3 m (654 ft) waterline
Beam:
  • 32.3 m (106 ft) extreme,
  • 32.3 m (106 ft) waterline
Draft:
  • 9.1 m (30 ft) maximum,
  • 9.4 m (31 ft) limit
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)
Range: 14,000 nmi (26,000 km; 16,000 mi) at 20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph)
Capacity:
  • Max dry cargo weight:
  •  5,910 LT (6,000 t)
  • Max dry cargo volume:
  •  783,000 cu ft (22,200 m3)
  • Max cargo fuel weight:
  •  2,350 LT (2,390 t)
  • Cargo fuel volume:
  •  18,000 bbl (2,900 m3)
  •  (DFM: 10,500) (JP5:7,500)[clarification needed]
Complement: 49 military, 123 civilian
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
Nulka decoy launchers
Armament:
Aircraft carried: two helicopters, either Sikorsky MH-60S Knighthawk or Aerospatiale SA330J Puma

The contract to build Matthew Perry was awarded to National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO) of San Diego, California, on 30 January 2006. Her keel was laid down on 3 October 2008. She was launched and christened on 16 August 2009, sponsored by Hester Evans, a great-great-great granddaughter of Commodore Perry.

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ServiceEdit

Matthew Perry was one of several participating in disaster relief after the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.[3] During the 21 days of operations, Matthew Perry completed 17 separate replenishment events, delivering more than 1.5 million US gallons (5,700 m3) of fuel and transporting relief supplies.[4]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ "General Dynamics NASSCO Delivers USNS Matthew Perry". General Dynamics NASSCO. 24 February 2010. Retrieved 25 February 2010.
  2. ^ "Navy Names Four Ships After American Pioneers". U.S. Department of Defense. 2 December 2008. Retrieved 14 October 2010.
  3. ^ Seawaves,"Warships Supporting Earthquake in Japan" Archived 23 March 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Baxter, Edward (May 2011). "Disaster! Operation Tomodachi". Military Sealift Command (MSC). Retrieved 8 October 2011.

ReferencesEdit

This article includes information collected from the Naval Vessel Register, which, as a U.S. government publication, is in the public domain.

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