USNS Pililaau (T-AKR-304)
USNS Pililaau (T-AKR 304) is the fifth Bob Hope-class vehicle cargo ship built by the Avondale Shipyards of New Orleans, Louisiana for the United States Navy. Pililaau is named after Private first class Herbert K. Pililaau, a Medal of Honor recipient.
Pililaau in 2008
|Namesake:||Herbert K. Pililaau|
|Awarded:||November 26, 1996|
|Builder:||Avondale Shipyards, New Orleans, Louisiana|
|Laid down:||June 29, 1998|
|Launched:||January 29, 2000|
|Homeport:||Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans|
|1 National Defense Service Medal|
|Status:||in active service|
|Class and type:||Bob Hope-class vehicle cargo ship|
|Displacement:||62,070 tons full|
|Length:||951 ft 5 in (290.0 m)|
|Beam:||106 ft (32.3 m)|
|Draft:||34 ft 10 in (10.6 m) maximum|
|Propulsion:||4 × Colt Pielstick 10 PC4.2 V diesels; 65,160 hp(m) (47.89 MW)(Beloit, WI) Falk Gear Power Transmission (Milwaukee, WI)|
|Speed:||24 knots (44 km/h)|
|Capacity:||380,000 sq ft (35,000 m2) w/49,990 sq. ft. deck cargo|
|Complement:||26 to 45 civilian crew; up to 50 active duty|
Pililaau is one of 19 and is part of the 16 ships in Military Sealift Command's Sealift Program Office. It is currently owned by the government, but run under a contract by a private company. The ship is kept in operational ready status (ROS-4) at all times. The ship is designed to be a multifunctional part of any fleet. It is capable of general cargo transportation, and also as a means to load and unload ships without the benefit of deep draft-capable, fixed port facilities. The ship was used throughout the Iraq and Afghanistan wars to transfer equipment to friendly ports in Europe to be brought into the combat theater.
The ship carries no fixed guns but may support a detachment of security forces for defense.
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